Cognitive Style Assessment and Adaptation to User Style in the LOCATE Workspace Layout Design Tool

Évaluation des Styles Cognitifs et Adaptation du Style de l’Utilisateur dans l’Outil de Conception de la Disposition de l’Aire de Travail LOCATE

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Authors
  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The work reported here involved research, design and implementation of a comprehensive cognitive styles infrastructure for the LOCATE workspace design tool, beginning with a thorough review of the recent cognitive styles literature. An integrated approach to classifying users’ cognitive styles was developed using measures of Verbal, Imagery, Kinaesthetic, Wholist and Analytic tendencies. LOCATE’s help materials were re-engineered to accommodate those tendencies. A major new resource was developed to provide users with procedural help on carrying out LOCATE tasks, through the use of animated demonstrations, kinaesthetic practice sessions, graphical instructions and new textual content. A new facility allows LOCATE’s help to be accessed using natural language queries. Substantial new multimedia support was added to LOCATE’s help system in the form of graphics, animations and some recorded narration. Three submissions were prepared on the cognitive style infrastructure, in the interest of promoting awareness of LOCATE in the research and applied communities. Finally, a key goal of the current research was to provide a foundation for conducting experimental studies into the effectiveness of LOCATE’s adaptive, cognitive styles support. Specifications were developed for conducting such a study, including: hypotheses to be tested, target populations, sample sizes, study design, methodology, analysis, and conclusions and implications.

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Keywords
ADAPTIVE INTERFACE;COGNITIVE BIASES;COGNITIVE STYLES;COGNITIVE STYLES ANALYSIS;CSA;COMMUNICATION ANALYSIS;COMMUNICATION EFFICIENCY;ERGONOMICS;EXPLICIT MODELS DESIGN;FACILITY LAYOUT;FIELD DEPENDENCE;HELP SYSTEM;HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING;INTELLIGENT AIDING;INTELLIGENT INTERFACE;INTELLIGENT TUTORING;KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS;LOCATE WORKSPACE LAYOUT DESIGN TOOL;MULTIMEDIA HELP;NATURAL LANGUAGE;NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING;WORKSPACE DESIGN;VERBAL-IMAGERY-KINAESTHETIC;WHOLIST-ANALYTIC.
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-089 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2006
Number of Pages
205
DSTKIM No
CA027823
CANDIS No
525677
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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