Revealing the hidden rationality of user browsing behaviour

Brown, Elizabeth; Brailsford, Tim; Fisher, Tony and van der Eijk, Cees (2007). Revealing the hidden rationality of user browsing behaviour. In: Proceedings of the 18th conference on Hypertext and hypermedia - HT '07, p. 85.




In this paper, we analyse web log data from user trials of the WHURLE-LS adaptive educational hypermedia (AEH) system from a behavioural perspective. This system allows users to switch from one presentational mode to another (visual, verbal or neutral), and this paper investigates users' choice of mode as they interacted with the system. We present the main findings of the browsing behaviours within the framework of rational choice theory, and discuss why and when switching might have occurred.

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