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ERIC Number: EJ826780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Are Pretty Interfaces Worth the Time? The Effects of User Interface Types on Web-Based Instruction
Cheon, Jongpil; Grant, Michael M.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v20 n1 p5-33 Jan 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of three different interface types on Web-based instruction: a text-based interface, a graphical interface and a metaphorical interface. In order to determine differences among three interface groups, we compared learning performance, cognitive load, usability, and appeal with various data from 41 undergraduate students in the mid-South. Results indicated there was no difference among the groups in terms of learning performance, cognitive load, and usability; however, a metaphorical interface increased learners' attention. Based on the results, implications for instructional designers are presented. (Contains 6 figures and 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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