Interface metaphors and web-based learning

Guss, S 2003, 'Interface metaphors and web-based learning', in W. Zhou, P. Nicholson, B. Corbitt and J. Fong (ed.) Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2003. Proceedings of the Second International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 August 2003, pp. 168-179.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Interface metaphors and web-based learning
Author(s) Guss, S
Year 2003
Conference name The 2nd International Conference on Web-Based Learning (ICWL 2003)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 18-20 August 2003
Proceedings title Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2003. Proceedings of the Second International Conference
Editor(s) W. Zhou
P. Nicholson
B. Corbitt
J. Fong
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Germany
Start page 168
End page 179
Abstract In building an effective Web-based learning system, consideration must be given to not only the educational content and learning activities but also to the design of the human computer interface (HCI). When the interface is difficult to use it can interfere with learning. Whilst this is a critical aspect, the design of this element is often overlooked in the rush to get our materials on the web. The considered use of interface metaphors not only complements the overall HCI design process, but also allows the user to quickly move beyond the mechanics of the interface itself to the more important goal of learning the content. This paper provides examples of how interface metaphors have been used in software and discusses how we might leverage off their use in our future designs.
Subjects Computer-Human Interaction
DOI - identifier 10.1007/b12012
Copyright notice © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
ISBN 978-3-540-40772-0
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