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Comparing the meaning of the learnibility principle for children and adults

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dc.contributor.advisor De Villiers, Mary Ruth
dc.contributor.author Chimbo, Bester
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-03T11:08:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-03T11:08:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation Chimbo, Bester (2011) Comparing the meaning of the learnibility principle for children and adults, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4682> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4682
dc.description.abstract The learnability principle relates to improving usability of software, performance and productivity. It was formulated mainly for the adult user group. Children represent an important user group, but fewer guidelines exist for their educational and entertainment applications. This study compares these groups, addressing the question: “Does learnability of software interfaces have a different meaning for children and adults?”. A literature survey conducted on learnability and learning processes considered the meaning of learnability across generations. Users learning software systems were observed in a usability laboratory where eye tracking data could also be recorded. Insights emerged, from data analysis, showing different tactics when children and adults approached unfamiliar software and revealing aspects of interfaces they approached differently. The findings will help designers distinguish varying needs of users and improve learnability. An additional subprinciple of learnability, „engageability‟, is proposed. Factors that make products engaging for children are different from those engaging adults. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 196, [18] leaves) : ill. (chiefly col.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Eye tracking en
dc.subject Human computer interaction en
dc.subject Learning strategies en
dc.subject Software applications en
dc.subject Child computer interaction
dc.subject Learning theories
dc.subject Learnability
dc.subject Usability
dc.subject.ddc 005.1019
dc.subject.lcsh Computer software -- Human factors
dc.subject.lcsh Human-computer interaction
dc.subject.lcsh Learning strategies
dc.title Comparing the meaning of the learnibility principle for children and adults en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Computing
dc.description.degree M. Sc. (Information Systems)


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