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Paper-based Support for Computer-Mediated Activity: a cognitive task analysis

Loggem, B.E. van (2007) Paper-based Support for Computer-Mediated Activity: a cognitive task analysis.

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Abstract:The incomplete or erroneous use of software can have serious economic consequences. Having learned the basics of a particular software package, users do not automatically, through practice, progress to a level of expertise where they can gainfully incorporate their use of the software into strategies for solving problems and answering questions in real life. Under-use, ineffective use and inefficient use of software commonly occur. Insights into the mechanisms underlying supoptimal performance, and pointers to possible remedies to the situation, can be gained from a wide range of theoretical and practical frameworks from different disciplines. Various approaches have been put forward to provide support, paper-based or otherwise, to people who use software as a tool to carry out externally-imposed tasks. This paper presents the results of a cognitive task analysis aiming to identify patterns int he use of a particular piece of software by five office workers in the course of their day-to-day work. Such patterns would provide a starting point for the design and development of support materials. Although capturing real-life performance in an analyzable manner proved difficult, under-use, ineffective use and inefficient use of the software were all observed and knowledge of different types was seen to be required for successful performance
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Universiteit Twente, Faculteit Gedragswetenschappen
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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