ERIC Number: ED477006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
User Studies: Developing Learning Strategy Tool Software for Children.
Fitzgerald, Gail E.; Koury, Kevin A.; Peng, Hsinyi
This paper is a report of user studies for developing learning strategy tool software for children. The prototype software demonstrated is designed for children with learning and behavioral disabilities. The tools consist of easy-to-use templates for creating organizational, memory, and learning approach guides for use in classrooms and at home. User studies that were conducted with software prototypes included two rounds of expert review, usability testing in a lab setting with teachers and parents, a focus group with parents and educators, and "think aloud" observations of children using a sample of the tools. Results were used in improving the software, preparing the teacher orientation module, and designing online supports for users. The most useful dimensions of evaluation were found to be direct observation of children using the software and messages contributed by a high school student with learning disabilities to the Online Focus Group. (Contains 19 references and 3 figures.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Software Development, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Learning Disabilities, Learning Strategies, Special Needs Students, Use Studies
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Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.