One potential criticism of the Movie Reader program is that interrupting a movie with questions distracts the viewer from the movie. More generally, the question is whether any system which implements the learning-by-doing architecture will interrupt the user's train of thought, distracting them from their primary task. We have stated that students get bored by studying the mechanics of reading. But, do they get similarly frustrated by the questions suggested by a learning by reflection system?
In experiments we have run on Movie Reader, we have found that 75% of the students who used the program did not find the questions distracting. Moreover, 80% of those students believed that the questions helped them to better understand the story. These results provide a preliminary indication that students find that learning by reflection fits in with and furthers their natural processes of understanding.
Understanding Should Precede Reading
Where am I in the content of the book?