The strategic use of CAD: An empirically inspired, theory-based course

Suresh K. 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 publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'99
Pages183-190
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1999 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: May 15 1999May 20 1999

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1999
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period5/15/995/20/99

Keywords

  • CAD
  • Efficiency
  • GOMS
  • Learning
  • Strategy
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Bhavnani, S. K., John, B. E., & Flemming, U. (1999). The strategic use of CAD: An empirically inspired, theory-based course. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'99 (pp. 183-190). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/302979.303036