Interactive example-based learning environments: Using interactive elements to encourage effective processing of worked examples

Robert Atkinson, Alexander Renkl

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Abstract

This review describes parts of our research program on example-based learning that relates to recent efforts to incorporate interactive elements into learning environments designed to support learning from worked-out examples. Since most learners spontaneously study or process examples in a very passive or superficial manner, this review focuses on how a variety of specific interactive elements in example-based leaning environments are capable of encouraging learners to actively process the examples. The review begins with an overview of the literature on worked examples and the associated self-explanation, which is important given that the quality of self-explanation is a major factor in determining whether learners benefit from studying examples. The review notes that example-based learning environments tend to be effective but often promote passive processing. It then highlights the strengths and limitations of three types interactivity introduced to example-based learning environments. The review concludes with a discussion of the role that these interactive elements play in these learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • Computer-based instruction
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Self-explanations
  • Worked examples

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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