This paper proposes quiz-style information presentation for interactive systems as a means to improve user understanding in educational tasks. Since the nature of quizzes can highly motivate users to stay voluntarily engaged in the interaction and keep their attention on receiving information, it is expected that information presented as quizzes can be better understood by users. To verify the effectiveness of the approach, we implemented read-out and quiz systems and performed comparison experiments using human subjects. In the task of memorizing biographical facts, the results showed that user understanding for the quiz system was significantly better than that for the read-out system, and that the subjects were more willing to use the quiz system despite the long duration of the quizzes. This indicates that quiz-style information presentation promotes engagement in the interaction with the system, leading to the improved user understanding.
Bibliographic reference. Higashinaka, Ryuichiro / Dohsaka, Kohji / Amano, Shigeaki / Isozaki, Hideki (2007): "Effects of quiz-style information presentation on user understanding", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 2725-2728.