Glaciers in Motion: The Expository Animation for Fundamental Glacier Science to Improve Students’ Learning

Kuang-Chen Hsu

EdMedia 2012 Conference, Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Abstract: The nation’s growing need for qualified scientists today is increasing but the supply is deficient because of higher attrition rates of science-related majors in college. The gap between the demand and supply is the issue that this study addresses. In response to this issue, researchers at the Center of Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) hypothesize that students should develop the foundational knowledge of science as early as possible, so that this knowledge can influence their decisions to choose science careers and succeed in future science study. To promote this, a computer-narrated animation called Glaciers in Motion was created. It was designed for K-4 students to learn about glacier science with hopes of forming their foundational knowledge to encourage them to become scientists.

The Interaction between Students and Online Training Lessons

YuPing Hsu, and Kuang-Chen Hsu

EdMedia 2012 Conference, Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Abstract: When designing an online lesson for students, it is important to understand the diversity of expectations, experiences, and prior knowledge of students which interact with the lesson. Experienced students are usually familiar with the different types of electronic format files, so they are accustomed to online lesson interfaces. However, they do not have a tolerance for lessons that do not immediately match their expectations or preferences. In this study, paying attention to appropriate design of online training lessons impacts the students’ perception of the online lesson’s interaction, and the designer’s bias of usage. Likewise, this study provides students and designers with a sense of usability, interaction, skill attainment and enjoyment by testing an online lesson and giving feedback in interviews. The findings of this study illustrate how instructional designers can attempt to improve the interaction and usability of online lessons from patterns found in all participants’ comments. The re-design module can become a reference for the follow up online lesson design.

Display – Control Compatibility of An Open Source Tool for E-learning Improvement

Kuang-Chen Hsu, and Ryan Olesh

2012 Graduate Research Competition, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.

Abstract: The constructivist educational technology that contributes to fostering improved conceptual knowledge and problem-solving strategies is considered as a high-priority field in e-learning development. Etoys, developed by Viewpoints Research Institute, is an open source program that offers educators a high-quality educational program to develop and engage constructivist curriculum. However, the design of its interface challenges users to recognize the mix of different types of navigational elements that were too dissimilar from each other. This present study examined four perspectives (conceptual, spatial, movement, and modality compatibility) with regard to control-display compatibility to improve Etoy’s interface. The research involved faculties at the University of Kansas, and they have experience with day-to-day technology but no experience with educational technology. The participants were asked to use Etoys to complete a simple task and subsequently administered a short survey to discover what difficulties they have. Results showed that participants could not overcome projecting their prior experiences of other use of technology onto their attempts to use Etoys, whose physical control and the display arrangement did not correspond to their expectations. The researchers concluded that Etoys diverges from other standardized, text-based windows applications and challenges users have in adapting new data and tasks to existing schemas. For the future study, the researchers developed a new prototype interface that is more closely resembles a Microsoft Windows interface to lessen users’ cognitive load and improve the usefulness of this program.

Second Death: Death in the Virtual World

Kuang-Chen Hsu

2010 Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association (PCA-ACA) Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Presenting it at the session, "Internet Culture: Death and the Internet: Folklore, Ethnography, and Ethics"
Session Chair: Montana Miller, Bowling Green State University


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