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1st Edition

The Design of Future Educational Interfaces

ISBN 9780415894944
Published April 25, 2013 by Routledge
361 Pages

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Book Description

The Design of Future Educational Interfaces provides a new multidisciplinary synthesis of educational interface research. It explains how computer interfaces can be redesigned to better support our ability to produce ideas, think, and solve problems successfully in national priority areas such as science and mathematics. Based on first-hand research experience, the author offers a candid analysis of emerging technologies and their impact, highlighting communication interfaces that stimulate thought. The research results will surprise readers and challenge their assumptions about existing technology and its ability to support our performance.

In spite of a rapid explosion of interest in educational technologies, there remains a poor understanding of what constitutes an effective educational interface for student cognition and learning. This book provides valuable insights into why recent large-scale evaluations of existing educational technologies have frequently not shown demonstrable improvements in student performance. The research presented here is grounded in cognitive science and experimental psychology, linguistic science and communications, cross-cultural cognition and language, computer science and human interface design, and the learning sciences and educational technology.

Table of Contents

Section I: Evolutionary and Neurological Basis for Educational Interface Design

Chapter 1. Innovative Tool Use, Cognitive Evolution, and Implications for Educational Interfaces

Section II: Existing and Future Interfaces

Chapter 2. Keyboard Interfaces: The Bottleneck Constricting Communication and Performance

Chapter 3. Rethinking the Interface as a Communications Power Tool for Stimulating Ideas and Problem Solving

Chapter 4. Rethinking the Interface as a Communications Power Tool for Supporting Inferential Reasoning

Chapter 5. Emerging Interface Directions for Supporting Conceptual Change

Section III: Foundational Elements of Communications Interface Design

Chapter 6. Support for Multiple Representations

Chapter 7. Support for Multiple Modalities

Chapter 8. Support for Multiple Linguistic Codes

Chapter 9. Theoretical Frameworks for Advancing Educational Interfaces

Section IV: Building Educational Interfaces of the Future

Chapter 10. Designing Integrated Interfaces that Stimulate Activity

Chapter 11. Fostering Meta-Awareness about Technology and Its Impact

Chapter 12. Implications for Future Empirical, Theoretical & Policy Directions

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Sharon Oviatt is well known for her extensive work in educational interfaces, human-centered interface design, multimodal and mobile interfaces, and communications interfaces. She has been recipient of a National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award for pioneering work on mobile multimodal interfaces, and first place recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Award. She has published over 130 scientific articles in a wide range of venues in the computational, learning, and cognitive sciences. She is an Associate Editor of the main journals and edited book collections in the field of human interfaces, including The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook. She was a founder of the International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI), which became an annual ACM-sponsored international conference series under her guidance. In 2007, she founded Incaa Designs (, a Seattle-area nonprofit that researches, designs, and evaluates the impact of innovative new educational interfaces.