Interface Design for Computer-Based Learning Environments

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Interface Design for Computer-based Learning Environments
Marshall G. Jones
Northern Illinois University
Email: mgjones@niu.edu
James R. Okey
The University of Georgia
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Research in the area of user interface design for computer-based learning environments (Jones, 1993) found that screen and interface design should be considered at the same time during the design and development process. Additionally, the research produced a list of interface design concepts and a corresponding list of guidelines for implementing those concepts. The concepts presented in this paper are broad issues to be considered during the design and development process. The guidelines that are associaàted with the concepts are intended to be flexible, and allow for the creativity of the individual designer, and the needs of a particular project.
Names for some of the concepts were taken from an analysis of the literature in computer-based instruction (CBI), computer-based learning environments, and human computer interaction (HCI). Names for the other concepts were emic categories generated by the participants in the study. The guidelines were derived through an analysis of the literature, an analysis of six commercially produced computer-based learning environments, and interviews with the designers and developers of the six computer-based learning environments.
Further research is being conducted to determine how designers and developers can implement these guidelines. If you are interested in either the progress of this research or discussing the issue of user interface design further, please contact the primary author of this paper at: MGJONES@NIU.EDU.
Concepts Of User Interface Design
Browsing (Jones, 1989; Laurel, Oren, & Don, 1992).
Browsing allows for the flexible exploration of the content of the program through a variety of controls. For example,…...

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