Effects of a Centered Virtual Teaching Environment on Learning Styles in the Academic Performance of College Students

Fernando Segundo Iriarte Díaz-Granados, E. Dominguez, C. Ricardo, H. Fontalvo


Based on the concept of adaptive hypermedia, the webCT platform was used to design a learning virtual environment that would allow students? interaction of different support materials with their usual styles of learning. GA Latin Square design was used to determine the role that environment and learning styles, along with intrinsic motivation, played on academic performance, navigation patterns, and number of visits to the support materials.

The study showed an important difference in academic performance in favor of the Balanced group. Intrinsic motivation was the main explicative factor for the differences found beyond learning styles. The conclusion was that there are differences in the way of using the objects of learning, and that there are differentiated patterns to access the support material, depending on the students? learning styles.


Virtual learning, learning styles, intrinsic motivation, adaptive hypermedia.

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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