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We are currently helping a student from the Human Factors degree program at the Technische Universit├Ąt-Berlin with her Masters thesis. The thesis, titled ‘Designing Notifications: Effects of Design and Learning strategies on Acceptance and Memorization’, will look at usability and intuitive design.

An experiment will be conducted with 30 participants in the next few weeks in Berlin. They will edit a given text in Microsoft Word while KeyRocket supports them with particular shortcuts (six in total) that are presented differently. We will investigate how quickly and easy they learn and use the shortcuts, how much they like KeyRocket, their learning strategies and also their acceptance of the KeyRocket notifications.

Together with our Masters student, we have designed two types of notification windows that pop up automatically every time the user could have used a shortcut. One aim of the Masters thesis is to investigate the effects of these different kinds of notifications on the user’s acceptance of the notifications and memorization of the shortcuts.

We will also vary the teaching strategies, with which the shortcuts are presented to the users. The three strategies make the user either to learn shortcuts by cognitive memorization (via mnemonics like ‘Ctrl+C -> C stands for Copy’), by motoric training (via training the motoric procedure for striking the shortcut) or without training (by just simply presenting the shortcut). We hope to find out which strategy allows quickest and best memorization of the shortcuts.

We have just begun the experiments and are looking forward to letting you know the results soon.

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