3. Evidence-Based Practice

  1. Ruth Colvin Clark and
  2. Richard E. Mayer

Published Online: 4 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255971.ch3

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition

How to Cite

Clark, R. C. and Mayer, R. E. (2011) Evidence-Based Practice, in e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118255971.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470874301

Online ISBN: 9781118255971

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Keywords:

  • e-Learning;
  • evidence-based practice;
  • experimental comparisons;
  • instructional effectiveness;
  • instructional method;
  • research

Summary

e-Learning courses should incorporate instructional methods that have been shown to be effective based on high-quality research. The authors favor evidence-based practice—the idea that instructional techniques should be based on research findings and research-based theory. They suggest that looking at what the preponderance of evidence has to say about a particular instructional feature can be useful information in helping an individual make decisions about how to design e-learning. The chapter summarizes three roads to research on instructional effectiveness: what works? when does it work? how does it work? There is consensus among educational researchers that experimental comparisons are the most appropriate method when the goal is to determine whether a particular instructional method causes learning.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

business practice; experimental research; instructional strategy; learning; research