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30 June 2011

Designing for navigation and wayfinding in virtual worlds & Nonverbal wayfinding: formalisms, facets and factors

Location: CMR 11
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Prof Shailey Minocha, Dr Gordon Rugg

There will be two mini-seminars as a part of the research seminar on 30th June. First, Shailey will present her research on designing for navigation and wayfinding in learning spaces in virtual worlds (Second Life). Gordon Rugg from Keele University will present the theoretical underpinnings of wayfinding in the real world and how he has applied some of his research to improve the navigation and wayfinding in the campus of Keele University. The descriptions of the two mini-seminars are as follows: Designing for navigation and wayfinding in virtual worlds Dr. Shailey Minocha, Centre for Research in Computing, The Open University Abstract: The ease of navigation and wayfinding in 3D learning spaces can impact on student’s learning experiences and their ability to conduct activities. In this talk, I will report how we derived design guidelines for navigation and wayfinding in 3D learning spaces to aid designers and educators. Our research involved empirical investigations (user observations and interviews) involving students, educators, designers and literature review relating to web usability, game usability and navigation mechanisms in real-world environments. In my presentation, I will discuss a subset of the design guidelines and present best practice examples for navigational aids such as maps, signs, and teleportation. About the presenter: Shailey Minocha is a Reader in Computing in the Centre for Research in Computing at The Open University, UK. Nonverbal wayfinding: formalisms, facets and factors Dr Gordon Rugg, School of Computing and Mathematics, Keele University Abstract: This talk demonstrates how various formalisms and systematic approaches can be used in designing support for nonverbal wayfinding. It includes the following topics. • Partitioning information processing tasks between sequential and parallel processing • Using facet theory to identify classes of factors and formalisms which need to be considered when designing support for nonverbal wayfinding • Using graph theory to identify key features with due regard to relevant facets • Designing for human factor constraints, both positive and negative • Ways of systematically integrating design of verbal and nonverbal information provision both for wayfinding and more generally It includes worked examples, and some photos of pretty scenery and photogenic furry animals. About the presenter: Gordon Rugg is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Keele University, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology at The Open University, UK.

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