Investigating the Efficacy of XML and Stylesheets to Render Electronic Courseware for Multiple Learning Styles
du Toit, Masha (2007) Investigating the Efficacy of XML and Stylesheets to Render Electronic Courseware for Multiple Learning Styles. MPhil, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.
The objective of this project was to test the efficacy of using Extensible Markup Language (XML) - in particular the DocBook 5.0b5 schema - and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) to render electronic courseware that can be dynamically re-formatted according to a student’s individual learning style.
The dynamic notes were tested on twelve users who filled out a feedback questionnaire. Feedback was largely positive. It suggested that users were able to navigate according to their learning style. There were some usability issues caused by lack of compatibility of the program with some browsers. However, the user test is not the most critical part of the evaluation. It served to confirm that the notes were usable, but the analysis of the use of XSLT and DocBook is the key aspect of this project. It was found that XML, and in particular the DocBook schema, was a useful tool in these circumstances, being easy to learn, well supported and having the appropriate structure for a project of this type.
|EPrint Type:||Electronic Thesis or Dissertation|
|Keywords:||XML, XSLT, Docbook, educational technology, learning styles, customisation|
|Subjects:||H Information Systems: H.4 INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS|
K Computing Milieux: K.3 COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
I Computing Methodologies: I.7 DOCUMENT AND TEXT PROCESSING
|Deposited By:||Suleman, Hussein|
|Deposited On:||30 May 2007|