Tangible User Interface for Chemistry Education: Comparative Evaluation and Re-Design
Journal article, 2007

tangible user interface (TUI) for organic chemistry education. The empirical evaluation described in this paper compares learning effectiveness and user acceptance of AC versus the more traditional ball-and-stick model (BSM). Learning effectiveness results were almost the same for both learning environments. User preference and rankings, using NASATLX and SUMI, showed more differences and it was therefore decided to focus mainly on improving these aspects in a re-design of the AC system. For enhanced interaction, keyboard-free system configuration, and internal/external database (DB) access, a graphical user interface (GUI) has been incorporated into the TUI. Three-dimensional (3D) rendering has also been improved using shadows and related effects, thereby enhancing depth perception. The re-designed AC system was then compared to the old system by means of a small qualitative user study. This user study showed an improvement in subjective opinions about the system’s ease of use and ease of learning.


Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Computing Science (Chalmers), Computing Science, Interaction Design Collegium (Chalmers)

Martin Ejdestig

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Florin Duca

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Kristina Bötschi

Benedikt Voegtli

Patrick Juchli

Jonas Fredriksson

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

ACM Proceedings of CHI07

Vol. 2 1 805-808

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