Cognitive load measurements and stimulated recall interviews for studying the effects of information and communications technology

Pieter Beers, Els Boshuizen, Paul A. Kirschner, Wim Gijselaers, Jochem Westendorp

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    Many researchers use information and communications technology (ICT)-tools to augment learning in a great variety of tasks. Their effects are generallymeasured in terms of intended outcomes. This article argues for the use of additional, more general measures to obtain a more complete impression of the effects of ICT-tools. The first study presented in this article shows why tools should not only be studied in terms of their specific intended outcomes, but also in terms of their effects on working memory, and the cognitive mechanisms needed to achieve the intended outcomes. The second study uses cognitive load measurements and stimulated recall interviews to obtain amore comprehensive view of the effects of learning tools. Results suggest that traditional outcome measures need to be complemented with quantitative and qualitativemeasures of cognitive processes to substantiate conclusions about intended effects of ICT-tools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)309-328
    Number of pages20
    JournalEtr&D-Educational Technology Research and Development
    Volume56
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Cognitive load
    • Stimulated recall interviews
    • ICT-tools
    • Complex problem solving
    • Negotiation
    • Common ground

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Cognitive load measurements and stimulated recall interviews for studying the effects of information and communications technology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this