Designing the next generation of tools using an open systems approach: A usability study
Terence Ahern, Mark Jamison, Arturo Olivarez, Texas Tech University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Educational technology is at a crossroads. The Internet was originally designed for the needs of the science and military, not for the purposes of sound instruction. New and more powerful protocol schemes are needed to truly realize the potential of networked-based instruction. A new technology that holds a lot of promise is XML. XML provides a more structured and dynamic approach to content creation that allows the developer to define and order data instead of merely displaying it. We were interested in some of the issues in using a new technology such as XML for instructional applications. In this study we found that the Internet and XML were suitable for this type of application. We found no difference in performance from either local accessed classes and those delivered from an Internet server.
Ahern, T., Jamison, M. & Olivarez, A. (2000). Designing the next generation of tools using an open systems approach: A usability study. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2390-2395). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).