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This conference paper was originally published as Morgan, M, Brickell, G & Harper, B, The ‘Copy and Paste’ Function, Patterns of Learner Activity and Enhancing Cognitive Tools, ED-MEDIA 2008 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria, 30 June-4 July 2008. Original conference information available here


This research analyses video data to examine changes between levels of process of textbased content of learners using two versions of the ‘Copy and Paste’ function, an unmodified control version and an experimental version with an embedded interaction strategy designed to prompt learners to process more content effectively. Observed learner activity types were categorized as involving Low, Medium or High levels of cognitive processing and the pattern of learner switching between these levels is examined. The conclusions drawn from this analysis indicate that learners not only need mediating artifacts that prompt them to use appropriate processing strategies but that they also need to be made aware of; i) the level of cognitive processing in which they are engaged and ii) more importantly to be prompted to switch activities to those involving higher levels of cognitive processing when they have been conducting low level processing for extended periods.

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