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NEW STRATEGIES IN EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE

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Author(s): F. Gamboa | J. L. Pérez | D. Gálvez | F. Lara | A. Miranda | F. Cabiedes | A. Viniegra

Journal: Journal of Applied Research and Technology
ISSN 1665-6423

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Educational software | Distance learning | User centred design | User analysis.

ABSTRACT
One of the main points in the development of Educational Software is how to trap, and keep, student’s attention.This is a major problem because, unlike the classroom where students are supervised and controlled by teachers,on their computers, at home, they are free to use the software or simply close it and do anything else. Thecommon solution to this problem has been the development of very showy materials, where students arepresented to sounds, animations, and sophisticated interactions. Nevertheless, at the Centre of Applied Scienceand Technological Development we think that this approach might belie some important problems and that otherfactor must be reviewed and taken into account in order to create good-quality educational software. In this paperwe introduce an approach that is based on a study of students, and the identification complete of their beliefsabout physics. These beliefs are then used in the development of our software. We present the obtained results; aswell as future works perspectives.

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