Context management in AtGentive

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How context is managed in the AtGentive project and what are some possible interfaces

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Context management in AtGentive

  1. 1. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Context management in AtGentive Damien Clauzel American University of Paris October 2006
  2. 2. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Contents Context management? New interfaces Status Academics How we do it We structure the activity We implement the mind prosthesis approach Plan for the future
  3. 3. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Context management Context: Everything that is related to a specific task. ⇒ software, documents, selection, input, history. . . The idea is to manage activities at the upper level, by allowing the user to organize his « tasks » instead of « applications » and « documents ».
  4. 4. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Status • evolution from current desktop tools on UNIX systems (virtual screens, session manager. . . ) • strong interest for new way of working on big screen and huge collection of data • still in development (open source communities, Apple, Sun, Novell, Microsoft)
  5. 5. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Academics There are plenty of studies on modern interfaces, but no major work regarding usability of context based interfaces in e-learning. ⇒ So a need to investigate.
  6. 6. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future We structure the activity • clear separation of tasks ⇒ better metacognition • more transitions and feedback ⇒ lower cognitive load • new metaphors for computer environment ⇒ more possibility to conceptualize work
  7. 7. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future We implement the mind prosthesis approach • zooming facilities • possibility of building different organizational patterns • continuous navigation • tracking the history of the user actions • redundancy in the audiovisual cues in the peripheral zone for the actions and responses • screening out the data not relevant for the task at hand • complying to the capacity of the human short term memory • avoiding elements that interrupt the ongoing user activity
  8. 8. Contents Context management? New interfaces How we do it Plan for the future Plan for the future • improving the interconnections between the interfaces and AtGentive • improving the interfaces for managing the tasks (save, restore, switch) • developing new methods for providing direct manipulation

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