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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-009-07-0596


Defining Culture-Bound User Characteristics as a Starting-Point for the Design of Adaptive Learning Systems

Elisabeth Kamentz (University of Hildesheim, Germany)

Christa Womser-Hacker (University of Hildesheim, Germany)

Abstract: In our study we set the goal to consider culture as a crucial factor of learning system design. This culture oriented approach is put in concrete terms by comparing US-American and German learning programs on four different levels: layout, interaction and navigation, presentation of content, and the didactic approach. The results of a questioning on culturally specific approaches to computers complete this investigation.

Keywords: HCI-usability, academic style, adaptivity, cultural dimensions, discourse structures, evaluation, learning software, learning style, user modeling

Categories: H.5.4, K.3.1