Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 173-184

First online:

Considering perception and cognition in the design of an instructional software package

  • Robert J. BeichnerAffiliated withPhysics Department, North Carolina State University

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An instructional multimedia software package was developed for use by students taking introductory physics courses. Studies have indicated that many of these students possess a set of common misunderstandings of graphs describing the motion of objects. The software described here was constructed as a student tool which would specifically address these difficulties. The impact of educational psychology, cognitive science, and human factors research on software design and user interface development are described. This work was supported by NSF grant MDR-9154127 with additional support from the RasterOps Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, and Apple Computer, Inc.


physics multimedia video user interface design