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The IDXelerator™: Learning-centered Instructional Design

  • David Merrill
  • Bennet Thompson
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Abstract

IDXelerator is an authoring system implementing the notion of learning-centered instruction. Instructional design is built-into the system via built-in lessons of different types. It is based on the assumption that different instructional goals required different types of instructional presentation and practice. The system includes four built-in lessons each complete with presentation, practice, and learner guidance: information about, parts of, kinds of, and how to. In addition the system includes a text module and slide show function. IDXelerator is a ToolBook plug-in adding an IDX item to the authoring menu. Any IDX component can be linked to any ToolBook object. IDXelerator increases authoring efficiency by at least 50% and simultaneously increases the effectiveness of the instruction by using scientifically verified instructional strategies consistent with instructional outcomes.

Key words

Instructional design Computer-based instruction Authoring tools 

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References

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Merrill
    • 1
  • Bennet Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityUSA

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