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ExploraGraph: A Flexible and Adaptive Interface to Support Distance Learning PROCEEDINGS

, University of Montreal, Canada ; , LICEF Reasearch Center, Télé-université, Canada

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

The ExploraGraph interface was designed to facilitate interaction in the context of
distant learning. It was developed as an alternative to simple web interaction, in order to
increase flexibility, visibility, and structure in the learning environment. It may be used as a
front end to existing courses on the web. The ExploraGraph Navigator makes it possible to
navigate through conceptual graphs with automatic arrangement of elements, zoom and “fish
eye” effects. Each node of the graph may have a description attached to it and may give direct
access to an application, a document or an Internet site. Graphic structures may thus be used
to represent the organization of tools, activities, concepts or documents. The Navigator offers
each user a tool to specify his goals and the system can support him, using multiple
modalities: Hypertext, graphical cues (Lee & Lehman, 1993), Ms Agents avatars, voice,
visual demonstrations and force feedback guiding.

Citation

Dufresne, A. & Paquette, G. (2000). ExploraGraph: A Flexible and Adaptive Interface to Support Distance Learning. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2000 (pp. 304-309). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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