The dialogic dimensions of using a hypermedia learning package

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The dialogic dimensions of a hypermedia learning package are often perceived as the interactivity of its design. However, it is not feasible for hypermedia to embody all dimensions of a human conversational dialogue. Instead, we should explore the opportunities for the dialogic dimensions of learning mediated by these packages. Based on a case study of the use of WinEcon (a hypermedia package) in an economics department, this paper shows how the human participants in the learning environment employ WinEcon to mediate the one-to-one dialogues between teachers and students, and the dialogues among students. Four processes are present in these dialogues: discussion, interaction, reflection and feedback to enhance students' access to the economics discipline. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-150
JournalComputers & Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


Lim, C. P. (2001). The dialogic dimensions of using a hypermedia learning package. Computers & Education, 36(2), 133-150. doi: 10.1016/S0360-1315(00)00052-X


  • Multimedia/hypermedia systems
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Improving classroom teaching


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