Kiritani Y, Miyamoto M, Shimizu Y, Tamagaki Y, 2010, "Effect of visualization of free time and class schedule in a schedule management tool for university students to improve their time management ability" Perception 39 ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 16
Effect of visualization of free time and class schedule in a schedule management tool for university students to improve their time management ability
Y Kiritani, M Miyamoto, Y Shimizu, Y Tamagaki
Information per se is invisible. Information provision appealing to senses is effective to convey its abstract meaning to users. We have studied the effect of visualization of various information (eg Kiritani et al, 2009 IASDR). The present study proposed a schedule management specialized tool for university students and confirmed the effect of visualization of free time and class schedule of university. Previous studies revealed that students were conscious of their poor time management ability, but there was no tool specialized for students. In preliminary experiments, 11 students tested current PC schedule management tools like iCal for 2 weeks. Results showed users’ stress about input but their hope to use the tools. Thus, we decided to propose a web application tool. Our proposal showed the class schedule as a main component, their private schedule in another tab, and free time in a pie chart. Free time meant unplanned time at that point; we intended to make students conscious of free time for time management. Five experiments over two months verified and brushed up the proposal. Visualization of free time and class schedule was effective for time management especially for students who had a cavalier attitude towards time.
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