Individual differences and web-based learning

Michael Grimley, Richard Riding

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This chapter considers a range of individual difference variables that have potential relevance to specifically designed Web-based learning packages. These include: cognitive style, working memory efficiency, anxiety, gender, and current knowledge. It discusses, in general terms, the conditions under which the variables are important, and the potential interaction between them in affecting learning performance. The roles of the variables within the context of Web-based learning are then examined. It is argued that technical developments in computer technology that allow materials that can accommodate learning preferences by responding to the student's choices and learning performance combined with a better psychological understanding of individual differences in learning should result in improved educational effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive and Emotional Processes in Web-Based Education
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Human Factors and Personalization
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781605663920
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


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