Fourth Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI 2014)

September 19, 2014

Age-based Factors in the Interface Design of CAPT Systems for Children

Saratu Yusuf Ilu, Mumtaz B. Mustafa, Siti Salwah Salim, Mehdi Malekzadeh

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Today’s children are using computer based application in various activities especially in learning and education. Many of these tools and application such as the Computer Aided Pronunciation Training (CAPT) system allow children to enjoy the learning process with little supervision. For these applications to have a maximum effect on children’s learning and education, it must be attractive to the. This is achievable with appropriate user interface (UI) design. As children grow, so do their ability, taste and preferences. They interact differently with these applications as they grow older. This study has reviewed several articles on how age factors influence the UI design. The review focuses on age related abilities such as cognitive, literacy, concentration and feedback. A team of six individuals evaluated several existing CAPT systems to determine the influence of age-based factors on the interface design. From our evaluation, we found that most of the CAPT systems have incorporated age-based feedback and literacy. However, many of the CAPT systems fail to consider the age-based factor of concentration in their UI design.

Index Terms: Children, age-based factor, learning application, age-based interaction

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Bibliographic reference.  Ilu, Saratu Yusuf / Mustafa, Mumtaz B. / Salim, Siti Salwah / Malekzadeh, Mehdi (2014): "Age-based factors in the interface design of CAPT systems for children", In WOCCI-2014, 57-61.