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The Effect of Interactivity in e-Learning Systems

Author(s): Chris Evans, Luis Palacios

Book Description

This book is based on research conducted to investigate whether interactivity yields a learning effect when used appropriately in e-Learning Systems, and whether this effect enhances learning. There is no doubt interactivity is vital in learning. This statement is emphasized to such an extent that it is claimed that students with higher levels of interaction will obtain more positive and higher levels of achievement. However, little scientific evidence can be found to support this relationship.

The importance of this book is based on the fact that it provides evidence of the impact of interactivity on e-Learning Systems considering the three main agents of an educational activity: the learner, the teacher and the environment.

In addition, the concept of feedback as a key element in any interactive mechanism for enhancing learning is well documented in several studies throughout this book.

Three empirical studies are presented that investigated interactivity within the educational triangle. These three studies were conducted based on the framework of positivism and action research paradigms. The first study, entitled “Interactive Pedagogical Feedback”, gathers evidence for how highly interactive pedagogically designed formative feedback enhances students’ memory and understanding.

The second study, entitled “Interactive Audio Feedback”, examines whether the speed enhancements of oral feedback improve the conditions for the production of the lecturer’s feedback and the quality of the feedback delivered to the students.

The final study, “Interactive Texting Feedback”, takes a pedagogical approach to provide formative feedback to a student audience using mobile text messages, and determines whether Interactive Texting Feedback enhances the learning experience within the e-Learning environment.

The information contained in the book is useful for academics and institutions to improve their teaching and the efficiency of their learning delivery mechanisms, and will guide the design of instructional content. It will also be of utility to other researchers and those in roles that require an understanding of interactivity.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5050-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5050-0
Date of Publication: 01/10/2013
Pages / Size: 175 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dr Luis Palacios is a versatile researcher working in the areas of instructional technology and telecommunication since 1992. During this time, he has been part of the staff of Brunel University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines, and the Open University. He has participated in different European-funded projects after having worked for the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University as Research Fellow. He is the recipient of a PhD in e-Learning, a Master’s degree in Education, concentrated in Instructional Technology, and a Master’s in Telecommunication from Pittsburgh University, USA. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Dr Chris Evans is a Senior Lecturer in e-Learning and Social Media in Brunel Business School, part of Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He is Chair of the annual eLearning 2.0 international conference, and has published widely on interactive systems, technology-enhanced learning and social media for teaching. He has awards for Innovative Teaching and is a Fellow of Brunel’s Teaching Academy. He was nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship Award and received a commendation from the Higher Education Academy in e-Tutor of the Year. Before joining Brunel, he worked at the Open University and London University. He received his PhD from the Department of Computing at Imperial College.