Exploring Differential Levels of Feedback in Digital Learning Objects

  • Author / Creator
    Sumner, Todd M
  • The paper explores the effect of embedding differential levels of elaborated feedback into digital learning objects. The effect of the embedded feedback is also considered in relation to computer experience and learner characteristics. Three digital learning objects were developed for this study and were based on three Calculus topics that were common to all of the participants in their post-secondary Engineering courses. Three experiments were conducted using the three separate digital learning objects and participants within each of the digital learning object groups, were randomly assigned to one of three different treatment conditions; simple feedback, positive feedback and negative feedback. The participants used the digital learning objects as regularly scheduled activities in their classroom activities with the learning objects and subsequent posttests delivered through the Moodle Learning Management System. Results were analysed using a two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and indicated that there was no significant difference between simple, positive and negative feedback directly, however, when analyzing the results in relation to computer experience, it was found that test score results for participants receiving positive and negative feedback were significantly higher for participants with high computer attitude. This study is expands on research on feedback on the use of feedback in the learning context of digital learning objects and in relation to the learner characteristic of computer attitude. As Hatziapostolou and Paraskakis (2010) have noted, feedback is an important component in all learning contexts, and as Van der Kleij, Feskens and Eggen (2015) have suggested, there has been little further experiments in feedback should also account for the learning context. Furthermore, they also suggest that additional research in feedback should include learner characteristics.

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    Spring 2017
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Psychological Studies in Education
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Michael Carbonaro (Educational Psychology
    • Florence Glanfield (Secondary Education)
    • Cathy Adams (Secondary Education)
    • Jacqueline Leighton (Educational Psychology)