Validation of an internet delivered and analysed test of cognitive function for use in web based psychology courses

Wilson, P and Maruff, P 2003, 'Validation of an internet delivered and analysed test of cognitive function for use in web based psychology courses', Australian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 311-322.


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Title Validation of an internet delivered and analysed test of cognitive function for use in web based psychology courses
Author(s) Wilson, P
Maruff, P
Year 2003
Journal name Australian Journal of Educational Technology
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 311
End page 322
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Society for Educational Technology
Abstract In this study we investigated the use of Internet technologies for administering and analysing a test of cognitive function in a web based psychology course. The aim was to determine whether the cognitive test actually measured the same functions when administered in three different settings: a supervised university based laboratory, an unsupervised university based laboratory, and a remote (or off campus) setting. Results showed that the different data collection processes generated similar data sets: the profile of responses over the four different tests of cognitive function were preserved across the different assessment settings, and improvements that occurred with practice were also consistent. Thus, the dataset can be used confidently to model key psychological principles, despite the added experimental noise created by having participants sit the tests in different settings, using different computers. The present findings highlight the potential use of web based technologies for delivering laboratory experiments in core psychology courses.
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Copyright notice © 2003 Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
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