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Text of my master's thesis from 2004

Richmond Mathewson

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last edited Nov 05 2017 by Richmond Mathewson

Theoretical considerations regarding how teachers (and others) might develop software for content delivery and reinforcement.

“Software authoring packages (as opposed to programming languages that are not embedded, such as FORTRAN and BASIC) have developed simultaneously to the de facto WIMP-GUI standard. It may be that the dependence on this WIMP-GUI model has hampered the development of a software authoring package that is genuinely “usable, without help or instruction, by a user who has knowledge and experience in the application domain but no prior experience with the system.” (Constantine and Lockwood 1999, p.47)”

“This thesis will claim that while many educators would like to develop bespoke computer software for content delivery and reinforcement, they are largely unable to without having to spend considerable time and effort learning programming languages or the necessary skills to work with one or more of the ‘authoring’ packages commercially available.”

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