Student reaction to parallel hypertext and menu‐based interfaces

Ramaiah, C.K. and Sulaiman, Mubarak and Meadows, A.J. (1993) Student reaction to parallel hypertext and menu‐based interfaces. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 1 (2). pp. 17-26. ISSN 0968-7769

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It is often necessary to consider the question of what sort of interface is most useful for retrieving information from a particular land of database. A small database of text‐based but multi‐faceted items is used here in order to compare ease and speed of retrieval from two commonly used combinations of interface — HyperCard on an Apple Macintosh and dBase III+ on a PC. For the restricted range of tasks employed here, the latter combination appears to be more acceptable to students with limited computer experience. However, in more general terms, the acceptability of an interface for information retrieval depends on what particular aspect of information retrieval is being emphasized, and what conceptual frameworks students bring to their tasks.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Divisions: ALT-J Journal
Depositing User: Justin Smith
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2009 09:51
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 09:27

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