User interfaces to two electrical laboratory simulation programs: An evaluation

C. Alder, I. Che Mee, I. A. Glover, A. C. Heathman

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Abstract

The perception of simulation program interfaces by Electrical and Electronic Engineering undergraduate students has been evaluated. Two CAL programs which utilize different interface techniques were used. One program has a tree-structured menu approach to dialogue. The other employs direct manipulation of icons together with context-sensitive menus and dialogue boxes. Data was collected from a conventional amplitude modulation experiment in pre- and post-tests, and from a questionnaire and observations of laboratory sessions. A discussion of the experimental procedures together with a discussion of the results forms the main subject of the paper. The evaluation showed an increase in post-test scores significant at better than 1% for both programs. There was no significant test score difference between the two programs. However, the direct-manipulation program rated more favourably for 21 out of 22 questionnaire statements.

LanguageEnglish
Pages151-157
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Education
Volume15
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Alder, C. ; Mee, I. Che ; Glover, I. A. ; Heathman, A. C. / User interfaces to two electrical laboratory simulation programs : An evaluation. In: Computers and Education. 1990 ; Vol. 15, No. 1-3. pp. 151-157.
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In: Computers and Education, Vol. 15, No. 1-3, 1990, p. 151-157.

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