Screening Program for Learning Difficulties in Arabic Speaking Students: Design Considerations for Educational Interfaces

Areej Al-Wabil, Amandeep Dhir, Hessah Al-Musaaed, Maha Al-Sheaha

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to detail the creation process of a screening program for Learning Difficulties (LDs), with the goal of alleviating distractions in the interface while retaining essential elements for measuring cognitive abilities and behavioral responses. The program is designed to screen general populations of children ages between 4 and 9 years –with and without Learning Difficulties- and measures five cognitive abilities. Design considerations for accessibility and usability in each component are described. Particular emphasis in the design of this screening system is given to the cognitive effort involved in interacting with the forms, which are affected by the interface's complexity and the navigation structure (i.e. breadth and depth of the information architecture). The assumption was that focusing on designing interfaces that are intuitive and accessible for individuals with LDs would facilitate access to a wider population of children who do not have any LDs or have limited proficiency in interacting with computers because the program was intended for launching across the geographical region of Saudi Arabia, in metropolitan cities as well as rural areas.

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Al-Wabil A., Dhir A., Al-Musaaed H. and Al-Sheaha M. (2012). Screening Program for Learning Difficulties in Arabic Speaking Students: Design Considerations for Educational Interfaces . In Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2012) ISBN 978-989-8565-17-4, pages 67-78. DOI: 10.5220/0004100600670078


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@conference{idee12,
author={Areej Al-Wabil and Amandeep Dhir and Hessah Al-Musaaed and Maha Al-Sheaha},
title={Screening Program for Learning Difficulties in Arabic Speaking Students: Design Considerations for Educational Interfaces},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2012)},
year={2012},
pages={67-78},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004100600670078},
isbn={978-989-8565-17-4},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2012)
TI - Screening Program for Learning Difficulties in Arabic Speaking Students: Design Considerations for Educational Interfaces
SN - 978-989-8565-17-4
AU - Al-Wabil A.
AU - Dhir A.
AU - Al-Musaaed H.
AU - Al-Sheaha M.
PY - 2012
SP - 67
EP - 78
DO - 10.5220/0004100600670078