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The influence of affordances on user preferences for multimedia language learning applications

Uther, M and Banks, AP (2016) The influence of affordances on user preferences for multimedia language learning applications Behaviour and Information Technology.

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Abstract

This study investigates the influence of sensory and cognitive affordances on the user experience of mobile devices for multimedia language learning applications. A primarily audio-based language learning application – ‘Vowel Trainer’, was chosen against a comparison, text and picture-based language learning application – ‘Learn English for Taxi Drivers’. Impressions of the two applications were assessed on two different devices that have virtually the same interface and identical sound output (when headphones are used), but differ in physical size: the iPhone and the iPad. A mixed design was chosen, with native language as a group factor and device type (iPad vs. iPhone) and language application type (audio vs. video) as within groups factors. Assessments of sensory and cognitive affordances were made, along with measurement of learner preferences of each application. Data from 41 participants (21 native English speakers, 20 non-native English speakers) were analysed, revealing device differences in both audio and visual subjective quality ratings, despite only visual quality being affected by the device's physical limitations. We suggest that sensory affordances (indexed by subjective quality) are not simply a function of physical limitations, but are heavily influenced by context. The implications for developing design guidelines for language learning and other multimedia applications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Uther, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Banks, APUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 16 March 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/0144929X.2016.1151077
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 Apr 2016 10:06
Last Modified : 20 Apr 2016 10:06
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810474

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