Human Factors and Web Development

Human Factors and Web Development

Human Factors and Web Development

Human Factors and Web Development


Assessing Media Education provides guidelines for media educators and administrators in higher education media programs who are creating or improving student-learning assessment strategies. Covering the topics and categories established by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, this key resource guides readers through the steps of developing an assessment plan, establishing student learning outcomes in the various areas of the curriculum, and measuring those outcomes.

This timely and critical volume provides detailed discussion on:

• developing an assessment plan, placing special emphasis on mission statements;

• the development of student-learning outcomes, with chapters reflecting the eleven competencies presented in the ACEJMC requirements; and

• indirect and direct measures of student-learning outcomes, ranging from advisory boards to examinations.

The volume concludes with case studies of programs at different points in their development of student outcomes, illustrating the implementation of assessment plans in a variety of contexts.

As assessment gains importance throughout the curriculum, Assessing Media Education will be a useful and practical resource for media educators and administrators as they grapple with the challenges of assessment.


When Chris Forsythe, Eric Grose and I co-edited the first edition of Human Factors and Web Development, our intent was to compile the definitive "seminal" research on the impact of the World Wide Web (WWW) development in the fields of cognitive psychology, engineering, user interface design, and educational technology.

In 1996, at the time we were planning the book chapters, there were very few publications or web specific resources for practitioners or researchers to cite, so we sought out the trend setters in academia, corporate, and government institutions. The purpose of the first edition was to share research on human factors, including user interface (UI) design standards, as best practices shifted to accommodate the delivery of information on the web.

As sole editor of the second edition, my approach to planning the content of this volume changed significantly because of the new technological landscape in 2001 and the global integration of the Internet in schools, libraries, homes, and businesses. Because many computer users are connected both at home and at work, the web has transformed communication, consumption patterns, and access to businesses, politicians, and neighbors halfway around the world. With numerous books on the user-friendly web sites, my challenge was to deliver a second edition with another radically different snapshot of the research being conducted at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The chapters included in this book provide many answers to critical questions and propose thought-provoking research ideas for the future. Corporate . . .

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