Evaluation of the Perseus Hypermedia Corpus

As part of ongoing evaluation of the Perseus system, the system interface was examined at six different university sites and two museum sites. Observations, interviews, and written questionnaire data revealed that the interface effects on student learning are stronger than effects of previous computer experience (Marchionini & Crane, TOIS, 1993). Perseus is a complex and flexible system; students who used it in a directed fashion successfully completed assignments by using specific features but had difficulty recovering from errors; students who used it in exploratory fashion required significant learning time to use its many features. A customized interface for use in a museum setting (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) was easily used by visitors of all ages. These results influenced subsequent system design and the development of curriculum materials.


Gary Marchionini, College of Library and Information Systems

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