Menu design based on expert knowledge structures: A validation

Christine M. Covas-Smith, Kenneth D. Jackson, Russell Branaghan, Craig Eidman

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Abstract

This project evaluated the effectiveness gained by redesigning a user interface based on the knowledge structure of domain experts. Scenario-based simulation enables realistic training in synthetic environments. As the instructor remains essential to facilitating effective scenario-based training, their user interface should be efficient. Previous research modeled knowledge structures used to redesign a menu within a scenario generation interface. The current research evaluated the redesigned menu based on the ascertained knowledge structures. To evaluate the redesigned menu, participants were timed as they selected target items in the original and redesigned menus. Results indicated that experienced users selected items in the redesigned menu significantly faster, and preferred the redesigned menu to the original. Thus, this result demonstrates tangible benefits to organizing menus according to expert knowledge, even when users are familiar with a menu structure. Using methods that follow the general principles presented here will enable designers to uncover expert knowledge and efficiently configure user interfaces, thereby improving training effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
Pages1401-1405
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2010Oct 1 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/27/1010/1/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Covas-Smith, C. M., Jackson, K. D., Branaghan, R., & Eidman, C. (2010). Menu design based on expert knowledge structures: A validation. In 54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 (pp. 1401-1405). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1518/107118110X12829369836201