Virtual learning spaces: getting them right for students

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Reedy, Natasha, Clark, Terry, Horner, Vicki-Ellen, Lehane, Pat and Rose, Jayln. 2013. "Virtual learning spaces: getting them right for students." 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013). Auckland, New Zealand 01 - 04 Jul 2013 Sydney, Australia.
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Virtual learning spaces: getting them right for students

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsReedy, Natasha (Author), Clark, Terry (Author), Horner, Vicki-Ellen (Author), Lehane, Pat (Author) and Rose, Jayln (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2013)
Number of Pages15
Year2013
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN0908557930
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://www.openconf.org/herdsa2013/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=summary.php&id=174
Conference/Event36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013)
Event Details
36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013)
Parent
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
01 to end of 04 Jul 2013
Event Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract

Lecturers encounter challenges in providing engaging virtual learning spaces (VLS) that minimise extraneous cognitive load. Although a number of theories and models promote effective digital pedagogy, there is little research on how design of VLS's contributes to the
extraneous cognitive load impacting on students' ability to focus on the intrinsic content and germane learning activities. This action research investigates first year nursing students' experience of online learning and their effort to navigate the human-computer interface.
Action research was chosen to monitor, inform and adjust the VLS of a new course using three consecutive online surveys. Results provided baseline demographic data on the
respondents' initial experience with VLS's and their recommendations for changes to improve the student VLS experience. Findings indicate a strong desire for consistent VLS screen design and structured information architecture for ease of navigation. Respondents preferred consistent VLS screen design and structured navigation schema for the explicit and considered placement of course learning material, social learning tools and associated
activities.

Keywordsdistance education; online learning; screen designs; effectiveness
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
460304. Computer vision
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Southern Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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