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Use of Card Sorting for Online Course Site Organization Within an Integrated Science Curriculum

Alison Doubleday

Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2013, pp. 41 - 54

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As mentioned above, further research is needed to assess the impact that an integrated system has on student perceptions of optimal site organization and how students construct relationships among academic resources. While faculty members encourage students to approach conceptual material in innovative and integrated ways, is it possible that students may think about organizing content and concepts differently as a result? If so, how do we best accommodate this? While it is possible that changing curricula may lead to changing mental models regarding how specific pieces of content relate to each other, larger-scale, quantitative studies are necessary to explore this hypothesis in any significant way.

This study specifically strove to address the challenges of course site use for students, the primary site users; however, the curriculum planning committee also identified challenges related to faculty use of course sites. Future studies will need to address faculty preferences and expectations for site organization.


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