Zooming and Scrolling Interface for Computer-based Reading Test
Masahiro Yachi, Koji Nakajima, Center for Research on Educational Testing, Japan ; Masayoshi Yanagisawa, Toyoeiwa University, Japan ; Kanji Akahori, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
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 research proposes a zooming and scrolling interface for computer-based reading tests, which handles vertical Japanese sentences. Although CBT (Computer-Based Testing) has been used in several areas, there are still some concern about the readability and browsability of the texts displayed on computer screens. To solve this problem, this research proposes an interface that adopts "markup language" text processing for personally customizable display layout. This interface allows examinee to adjust the font size by zooming in and out with mouse operation. As its text wraps at the edge of the screen, examinee can read the whole text only by scrolling horizontally. Results from a pilot test have shown that performance of text skimming has increased compared to the traditional CBT interface.
Yachi, M., Nakajima, K., Yanagisawa, M. & Akahori, K. (2008). Zooming and Scrolling Interface for Computer-based Reading Test. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1623-1633). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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