Foundations for Personalized Web Learning Environments

April 21, 2004

Offering an alternative perspective about learning on the Web, this paper describes a research foundation that supports individual differences from a more personal level. It discusses (a) sources for individual learning differences, (b) specific reasons why some learners may be more self-directed or self-motivated than others, and (c) design guidelines that tap into the dominant influence of emotions, intentions, and social aspects on learning. These insights offer simple ways to enhance and evaluate contemporary Web instructional designs so that they support personalized needs and instill the right habits for improved learning and performance.

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