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Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: "Design, Learning, and Collaboration" - Spring Semester 2004

Assignment 11

Questions in Relationship to User Modeling, Learning on Demand, and HFAs

source: Fischer, G. (2001) "User Modeling in Human-Computer Interaction," User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 11(2), pp. 65-86.

Important: Role distribution: analyzers and summarizers for assignment 11:




The "analyzers and summarizers" can do their work individually or jointly

due: Monday, March 8, 2004

1. producers: please submit by 10:00am to the class website - please be on time, so the "analyzers and summarizers" can do their work!

2. analyzers/summarizers: please submit by 2:00pm to the class website

Briefly discuss the following issues:

1. choose MS-Word (or another HFA) as an example:

1.1. how much (in percent) of the functionality of the HFA do you know?

1.2. how do you learn new functionality?

1.3. for MS-Word users: is there a command in MS-Word which "transposes two characters" (e.g., "leanr" becomes "learn" by positioning the cursor between n and r and executing the command)?

2. what have YOU learnt "on demand" in YOUR life? Briefly describe the most prominent examples.

3. what do people have to know to be able to learn on demand?

4. why should one "learn on demand" instead of relying on "use on demand"?

5. which computer systems have you encountered which

5.1. have a User Modeling Component?

5.2. supported learning on demand?

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