• Favorite Faces App: Design and Review of a Mobile App Prototype to Help Improve FaceName Recognition for those with Early to Moderate Stage Dementia

      McDonnell, Kim A. (2014-12-01)
      It is estimated that “the number of older Americans afflicted by Alzheimer disease and related dementias will triple to 13 million persons by 2050, thus greatly increasing healthcare needs” (Bharucha, Anand, Forlizzi, Dew, Reynolds, Stevens & Wactlar, 2009). As several studies show that forgetting names is what disturbs older people the most about memory loss, this research explores potential therapies for face-name recognition (Carroll, Bulletin, 27, & 2010, n.d.). This project is a prototype of a mobile application to help those diagnosed with early to moderate stage dementia improve face-name recognition. The prototype was developed using free online tools. Development of the mobile application incorporates Cooley’s theory of Human Centered Design as well as several Universal Principles of Design that are important considerations for the target audience of the elderly, diagnosed with dementia. This project explores the how and why the elderly need to be considered when designing mobile applications. This paper explores the methodology used to design the online prototype as well as the assessment of the prototype’s potential benefits and shortcomings. The prototype voice over demonstration can be viewed at http://www.screencast.com/t/gmiVsh2THh9. The prototype creation can be viewed at https://www.fluidui.com/editor/live/preview/p_xKznQ6uInTdTWhSlX8FcPQS35JUIBy7q.14193816310 57
    • Ipad Application Development For Middle School Science

      LaVere, James (2013-05-01)
      This project was the exploration of researching successful app design and the development of an app prototype for middle school science students. This app prototype is intended to serve needs of middle school science covering the content area of botany, while taking into consideration the affordances of mobile technology to further encourage learning and meaning. The development of the app prototype I am calling “PinBot” was executed in a webbased wireframe tool titled AppShed. The app design, structure and development is based upon the standards set forth by Apple computer inc., app developers and information design theories. This paper chronicles my efforts from concept to final version of app design, with the insight of participant input and scholarly guidance. The application development process enabled me to refine my information in visual, textual and functional forms. The clarity of meaning within the app icons is essential to the user, and the success of the app. Developing and employing the use of video is valued for users with multiple learning styles. The use of video also serves as a means of reinforcing what each tool does and how one can use the app overall. In conclusion, the app development process taught me the balance between communication styles in varied formats and relevance to the individual. The following URL is a direct link to my app prototype: http://appshed.com/appbuilder/preview/193899 The following URL is a direct link to my app prototype video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DO3SQiUcrQ