User interface practical lesson plans
These lessons are designed to help students understand the difference between graphical user interfaces, command line interfaces, and menu-driven interfaces, and where each might be used.
Beyond the GUI
- Command Line Interface lesson and associated files. This practical exercise gives students a chance to use the command line to manipulate a set of files, including moving and deleting files and using wildcards. The lesson includes a command line help sheet for the most common commands. This version of the lesson uses the Microsoft Windows command line.
- Menu Driven Interfaces lesson In this practical lesson students will create a prototype menu driven interface for three scenarios, using the button and macro functions in Microsoft Excel.
- User interfaces summary This sheet gives students a chance to reflect on what they have learnt about each type of user interface in different areas, including ease of use and flexibility.
discusses the possible impacts of future 'conversational' user interfaces that use speech as both input and output mediums. Finally, BBC Bitesize
has some good notes on the different types of user interfaces which can be helpful for revision, and The Cambridge lab where they test how elderly people use technology
(BBC) highlights how difficult it can be to design easy to use technology.