An Exploratory Study of Affordances of CLEA Interface in Astronomy Laboratory Simulation
Piyanan Nuankhieo, Lanika Ruzhitskaya, Angela Speck, University of Missouri - Columbia, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This study investigates the interface design of an astronomy laboratory simulation The Revolution of the Moons of Jupiter, one among several modules included in Project CLEA. The study was conducted among 24 undergraduate college students from affordance perspective. This paper examines how users’ computer attitudes affect perceived cognitive affordance of the simulation and to what extend the Project CLEA module utilizes cognitive affordance that enable novices to efficiently perform a required laboratory task. The findings show insignificant differences in level of cognitive affordance among gender, computer experience, and computer attitude which suggests that Project CLEA can be used by all types of users regardless of gender, computer attitude, and computer proficiency. In addition, Project CLEA is demonstrated to have sufficient cognitive affordance which enables novices to perform a required laboratory task.
Nuankhieo, P., Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2008). An Exploratory Study of Affordances of CLEA Interface in Astronomy Laboratory Simulation. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1560-1568). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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