Teaching with hypertext.
How hypertext can provide better instruction than ordinary textbooks.
Not your father's
- A web page can stand by itself
- Or it can be used to support a presentation.
- In either case it can be much more than an online textbook.
- Hypertext can provide just-in-time (JIT) learning.
- And can let readers adapt the offering to their needs.
- Just-In-Time (JIT) learning in virtual schools, maybe with DTA coaching. Language as an example
- Adaptive learning
- Active learning
- JIT design
- Everyone who uses a browser learns to recognize hypertext links.
- They are in a special color and, on click, open another web page.
- In an educational context they usually point to supplementary material.
- In the section above, the word hypertext has a hyperlink.
- The link points to a an explanation of what that term means.
- If Joe does is not familiar with the term, Joe clicks on it and gets the explanation.
- JIT Learning: The information is delivered just when it is to be used.
- Adaptive learning: Joe adapts the content to his needs
The old days
- With an old-style book, I would have put the explanation in a glossary.
- With an old-style article, I would have put the information in a footnote.
- The editor would have deleted the footnote, commenting "Everybody knows that."
- Joe would have stopped there, thinking it was over his head.
- Passive learning: the student just reads the text.
- Active learning: the student does something with the content.
- An online text might include thought questions as hypertext links.
- Most students would ignore those unless the teacher offered credit for responses.
- A teacher might have a blog for the class with assigned questions.
- A DTA could use hypertext links to ask questions and accept responses.
- Depending on the questions, the DTA may be able to score them and give immediate feedback.
JIT Learning design
- JIT = Just In Time
- Search this page: Ctrl f opens search bar near the top.
- Design for JIT help: Search on page supports for learning from a computer
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