Designing electronic performance support systems to enhance computer-based learning
van Schaik, Paul
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An electronic performance support system (EPSS) is a computer-based environment that facilitates skill and knowledge acquisition within a particular domain of study. As well as its pedagogic utility, an EPSS can also be used to augment and enhance an individual’s performance beyond those limits that are set by innate natural ability. EPSS techniques can also be embedded within computer-based learning systems in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness by which students can acquire skills and knowledge. Our ongoing research programme in this area has been investigating the potential utility of our EPSS methodology within a range of different domains. This current paper describes an application of the technique within the domain of ‘quantitative research methods’ as taught within a psychology degree course. As well as describing the design and implementation of the system, this paper also outlines and discusses the results of an evaluative study of the prototype EPSS tool that has been created.