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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Nutrition, Food Science, and Hospitality

First Advisor

Kendra Kattelmann


Evaluation of lessons developed for a web-based health curriculum using Keller's model of instructional design. Objective The purpose of this research is to determine if the lessons developed for a web-based curriculum to prevent obesity in college students grabbed the participants attention, were relevant to their life situation, elicited user confidence, and were satisfying to the participant. Methods 133 participants who had completed the 10 week health education program targeting obesity prevention completed on-line surveys querying participants perception of the lessons. lndepth interviews were conducted by telephone with a sub group of eight participants for further clarification of responses from surveys. Responses were evaluated for common themes. Results Ninety-six percent of participants either agreed or strongly agreed that the project helped them to think about issues of weight, healthy eating or exercise, and 72% felt the project actually helped them to change habits. The majority of respondents also felt that the lessons were easy to use, interesting, easy to understand, and relevant. Conclusions This research demonstrates that Keller's ARCS model of instructional design can be used to develop web-based curriculum for obesity prevention in college students that is attention getting, relevant, elicits confidence and satisfaction for the participants.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Health education
Web-based instruction
College students -- Health and hygiene -- Study and teaching
Instructional systems -- Design
Motivation (Psychology)
Learning, Psychology of




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