E-learning website observation & analysis: Starfall.com

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E-learning website observation & analysis: Starfall.com

  1. 1. E-learning Website Observation & Analysis Tonny Meng-Lun Kuo Advisor: Prof. Shelly Young Institute of Learning Sciences National Tsing Hua University [E-Learning Spring 2014]
  2. 2. Overview 1. Introduction 2. Website Analysis 3. Conclusion 4. Q&A
  3. 3. Starfall.com
  4. 4. Introduction • Star+Fall= “evoked wonder and delight” • Free educational website for the early literacy development • Phonics, reading, and mathematics • For young English language learners • Founder: Stephen Schutz, early reading difficulty
  5. 5. History Year Progress 2002 the launch of the website 2006 the launch of “Pumarosa” 2009 the release “Starfall Kindergarten Reading and Language Arts Curriculum” recent the launch of mobile apps
  6. 6. Objectives • Research-based systematic learning objectives • Four levels 1. Learning ABCs: letter-sound relationships 2. Early beginning reading: word family 3. Intermediate beginning reading: sentence-level 4. Advanced beginning reading: various genres
  7. 7. Target Users • English language learners: build up their reading ability, fluency, and comprehension • Educators: implement proven teaching methods for classroom use, additional subscription • Parents: homeschooling or bolstering the instruction child receives at school
  8. 8. Framework
  9. 9. Level 1
  10. 10. Level 2
  11. 11. Level 3
  12. 12. Level 4
  13. 13. Others
  14. 14. Demo
  15. 15. Website Analysis • Web-based learning provides students with a different information architecture and interface design in comparison with conventional classroom learning (Hamid, 2001). • Pedagogical, cognitive, social, technical interactive factors need taking into consideration • Conceptional framework
  16. 16. 1. Five levels of web use Interface design activity design multi-media design interaction design Personalization Participation knowledge-Pull • Cognitive theory • Behaviorism • Gestalt Theory • Constructivism • Nine events of instruction (Gagne, 1985) • Information processing theory 2. Theories and practice 3. 3P model • informational • supplemental • essential • communal • immersive
  17. 17. 1. Five levels of Web use • 0) no use, 1) informative, 2) supplemental, 
 3) essential, 4) communal, 5)immersive • Students are not productive members, and only obtain most information from the web. • Apart from reading, students are not able to transfer their personal experience in their daily life to the production of oral representation.
  18. 18. 2. Theories and practices Interface design activity design multi-media design interaction design
  19. 19. Interface design • Gestalt theory referred to the theories of visual perception, attempting to organize visual elements into “group”. • “law of organization”: proximity, similarity, closure, and simplicity • the interface design of the website is appropriate for young learners.
  20. 20. Activity and interaction design • Related theories: behaviorism, cognitive theory, information processing theory, constructivism, and nine event of instruction (Gagane, 2005) 1. Introduction 2. Monitoring learning process 3. Closure • Gagne’s model+social interaction
  21. 21. Multimedia design • Three layers: 1. the utilization of the media can improve understanding of the learning content. 2. the style of the multimedia shows congruence with the website. 3. the use of the multimedia is legal and stated with an appropriate Creative Commons license.
  22. 22. 3. 3P model • Personalization: little because the website does not offer mechanism to foster individualized learning • Participation: no groups or communities • Knowledge-pull: phonemic awareness formation or reading training, the development of reading ability can be seen as a way of knowledge pull.
  23. 23. Discussion and Conclusion • User-friendly interface and rich learning materials and multimedia resources • Flash-based • lack social interaction
  24. 24. Peer learning webcam and sensors Plan/curriculum
  25. 25. “As learning in 21 century is changing in ever- faster pace, educators and E-learning designers should speed up with the trend of web-based learning to create meaningful, unthreatening, and effective strategies to facilitate digital natives’ learning.”
  26. 26. Thank you! Tonny Meng-Lun Kuo bear4125910@gmail.com +886-981-218-007

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