Strategic use of CAD

An empirically inspired, theory-based course

Suresh Bhavnani, Bonnie E. John, Ulrich Flemming

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Abstract

The inefficient use of complex computer systems has been widely reported. These studies show the persistence of inefficient methods despite many years of experience and formal training. To counteract this phenomenon, we present the design of a new course, called the Strategic Use of CAD. The course aims at teaching students efficient strategies to use a computer-aided drafting system through a two-pronged approach. Learning to See teaches students to recognize opportunities to use efficient strategies by studying the nature of the task, and Learning to Do teaches students to implement the strategies. Results from a pilot experiment show that this approach had a positive effect on the strategic behavior of students who did not exhibit knowledge of efficient strategies before the class, and had no effect on the strategic behavior of those who did. Strategic training can thus assist users in recognizing opportunities to use efficient strategies. We present the ramifications of these results on the design of training and future experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherACM
Pages183-190
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the CHI 99 Conference: CHI is the Limit - Human Factors in Computing Systems - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Duration: May 15 1999May 20 1999

Other

OtherProceedings of the CHI 99 Conference: CHI is the Limit - Human Factors in Computing Systems
CityPittsburgh, PA, USA
Period5/15/995/20/99

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CAD
Computer aided design
Students
student
experiment
Teaching
Computer systems
Experiments
learning
persistence
experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Bhavnani, S., John, B. E., & Flemming, U. (1999). Strategic use of CAD: An empirically inspired, theory-based course. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (pp. 183-190). New York, NY, United States: ACM.

Strategic use of CAD : An empirically inspired, theory-based course. / Bhavnani, Suresh; John, Bonnie E.; Flemming, Ulrich.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. New York, NY, United States : ACM, 1999. p. 183-190.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bhavnani, S, John, BE & Flemming, U 1999, Strategic use of CAD: An empirically inspired, theory-based course. in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. ACM, New York, NY, United States, pp. 183-190, Proceedings of the CHI 99 Conference: CHI is the Limit - Human Factors in Computing Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 5/15/99.
Bhavnani S, John BE, Flemming U. Strategic use of CAD: An empirically inspired, theory-based course. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. New York, NY, United States: ACM. 1999. p. 183-190
Bhavnani, Suresh ; John, Bonnie E. ; Flemming, Ulrich. / Strategic use of CAD : An empirically inspired, theory-based course. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. New York, NY, United States : ACM, 1999. pp. 183-190
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