Shiley School of Engineering
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon

Pomona College
Claremont, California

User Interface Evaluation: Comparison of Novices to Upperclass Computer Science Students

This study examines whether coursework in computer science changes how a student thinks about user interfaces. Our data collection consisted of asking experienced students to evaluate two on-line user interfaces for temperature conversion using prompts which differed only in the amount of context provided. Student responses were coded based on exhibited features believed to be used in expert evaluations of user interfaces, as well as whether they provided suggestions for improvement.

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