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Modern Container-based Learning Interface and Delivery Infrastructure (MCLIDI)

Project leader(s): 
Mark Hall and Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

TT284 (Web Technologies) is a popular level 2 module covering fundamental web technologies. One challenge students face is the large number of elements they have to deal with during their studies of the module. Even for the simple introductory activities at the beginning of the module they concurrently work on multiple HTML and CSS files and the complexity increases throughout the module. Students need to follow the instructions in the browser, make the required changes in the editor, then switch back to a second browser window to see the results. This constant switching adds significant cognitive load and introduces an additional source of errors into the learning process. The additional cognitive load is particularly problematic for neurodiverse1 students and students with disabilities, for whom dealing with all these elements presents a higher baseline cognitive load, creating an accessibility barrier to learning success. As a result, TT284 has poor retention and low student satisfaction. Workload and complexity are amongst the most frequent reasons of dissatisfaction.

This project will develop and evaluate a modern container-based learning interface and delivery infrastructure, focussing on supporting neurodiverse students and students with disabilities, particularly those with vision and motor-skill impairments and dyslexia. The developed infrastructure will benefit all students and will be adaptable to other modules within the university. A range of existing technologies will be combined to deliver a highly accessible integrated interface in which the students would have access to the module materials, file editor, and the resulting website within a single browser window. This will significantly reduce the cognitive load and the number of errors made due to that load.

The anticipated outcomes will be an improved student learning experience, better student satisfaction, improved retention, and an understanding of the cost impacts of this approach. The experience and satisfaction will be monitored and evaluated using a range of methods, including questionnaires, focus groups, and automatic monitoring of the students’ interactions with the new infrastructure.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity

Mark Hall and Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui poster (PPTX)

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