Combining shared control with variability over surface features: Effects on transfer test performance and task involvement

Gemma Corbalan*, Liesbeth Kester, Jeroen Van Merriënboer

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    Abstract

    Positive effects of learner control decrease when learners do not perceive the control given to them, make suboptimal choices, or are cognitively overloaded by the amount of choice. This study proposes shared control (i.e., learners choose from a pre-selection of suitable tasks) over highly variable tasks to tackle these problems. Ninety-four students participated in a 2 x 2 factorial experiment with the factors control (system, shared) and variability of surface features (low, high). Results show superior effects on training performance, transfer test performance, and task involvement of shared control when learners can choose from pre-selected tasks with surface features that are different from the surface features of previous tasks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)290-298
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Volume25
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

    Keywords

    • Cognitive load
    • learner control
    • surface features
    • system control
    • variability

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