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Title: Collaborating with human factors when designing an electronic textbook

Abstract

The development of on-line engineering textbooks presents new challenges to authors to effectively integrate text and tools in an electronic environment. By incorporating human factors principles of interface design and cognitive psychology early in the design process, a team at Sandia National Laboratories was able to make the end product more usable and shorten the prototyping and editing phases. A critical issue was simultaneous development of paper and on-line versions of the textbook. In addition, interface consistency presented difficulties with distinct goals and limitations for each media. Many of these problems were resolved swiftly with human factors input using templates, style guides and iterative usability testing of both paper and on-line versions. Writing style continuity was also problematic with numerous authors contributing to the text.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
216305
Report Number(s):
SAND-96-0952C; CONF-9603147-1
ON: DE96009173; TRN: 96:002530
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: LETT96: leading edge training technologies conference, Victoria (Canada), 19-20 Mar 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 MATHEMATICS, COMPUTERS, INFORMATION SCIENCE, MANAGEMENT, LAW, MISCELLANEOUS; EDUCATIONAL TOOLS; DESIGN; HUMAN FACTORS; COMMUNICATIONS; COMPUTERS

Citation Formats

Ratner, J.A., Zadoks, R.I., and Attaway, S.W.. Collaborating with human factors when designing an electronic textbook. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Ratner, J.A., Zadoks, R.I., & Attaway, S.W.. Collaborating with human factors when designing an electronic textbook. United States.
Ratner, J.A., Zadoks, R.I., and Attaway, S.W.. Mon . "Collaborating with human factors when designing an electronic textbook". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/216305.
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abstractNote = {The development of on-line engineering textbooks presents new challenges to authors to effectively integrate text and tools in an electronic environment. By incorporating human factors principles of interface design and cognitive psychology early in the design process, a team at Sandia National Laboratories was able to make the end product more usable and shorten the prototyping and editing phases. A critical issue was simultaneous development of paper and on-line versions of the textbook. In addition, interface consistency presented difficulties with distinct goals and limitations for each media. Many of these problems were resolved swiftly with human factors input using templates, style guides and iterative usability testing of both paper and on-line versions. Writing style continuity was also problematic with numerous authors contributing to the text.},
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