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An interactive multimedia tutorial for user interface design

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Computers & Education Volume 25, Number 4, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


User interface design has always been difficult because of its growth by trial and error, the many possible approaches to user interface design, and its multidisciplinary nature: besides software engineering, disciplines like perception theory, media design, task analysis and project management are required. This paper describes an interactive multimedia educational system which offers learners a running start on user interface design. It focuses on the why aspect of design. Subsequently, this paper invites the software engineering world to consider the why component of design more highly than is currently the case. In the system described here, there is a design exercise to be completed, there are three experts available for guidance and there is a user group available which comments on the usability of the learner's design. In addition, the learner is told various ‘war stories’ of design problems and experiences. In this way, we hope to resolve for the learner several misconceptions about design and about user interface design specifically. Testing results indicate that learners indeed reflect more actively on their design and consider more varied possible solutions to design issues.


Van Aalst, J.W., Van Der Mast, C.A.P.G. & Carey, T.T. (1995). An interactive multimedia tutorial for user interface design. Computers & Education, 25(4), 227-233. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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