Interactive Learning Environments: Contemporary Issues and Trends. An Introduction to the Special Issue
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Many of the affordances associated with computer-based learning environments are due to their interactive nature. Such interactive learning environments do not merely present information like a book or an instructional video; instead, they permit learners to actively engage in order to learn.
Although at first glance it would seem clear what the terms “interaction” and “interactive” mean in the context of learning environments, there is, in reality, little agreement regarding these terms in the corresponding literature. There are almost as many different definitions as articles that attempt to illustrate these terms (see, e.g., Betrancourt 2005; Kennedy 2004; Kettanurak et al.2001; Mayer 2001; McMillan 2002; Rafaeli 1988; Wagner 1994). Whereas some characterizations of interaction detail how such an interchange between learners and a learning environment might occur (e.g., control over pace, having influence on what will be presented and how this is done), we propose a rather general...
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