Benefits and risks of emphasis adaptation in study workflows

Nava Tintarev, Matthew James Green, Judith Masthoff, Frouke Hermens

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This paper looks at the effect of highlighting in a study plan, represented as a workflow with prerequisites. We compare the effectiveness of highlighting when the adaptation was correct (participants responded quicker and more correctly), and when it did not highlight the most relevant tasks (detrimental effect). False statements took longer to process than positive statements (deciding about things that were not in the plan), but also surprisingly had lower error rates than positive statements. These findings imply that when the system makes errors in the adaptation this is harmful, and may cause students to incorrectly believe that they do not need to do certain tasks
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUMAP 2015 Extended Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationPosters, Demos, Late-breaking Results and Workshop Proceedings of the 23rd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (UMAP 2015)
EditorsAlexandra Cristea, Judith Masthoff, Alan Said, Nava Tintarev
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 5th International Workshop on Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (PALE) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 30 Jun 201530 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


ConferenceThe 5th International Workshop on Personalization Approaches in Learning Environments (PALE)


  • visualisation
  • plan presentation
  • study workflows
  • user-centered evaluation
  • highlighting
  • emphasis adaptation


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