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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION, 2011, Vol. 10, No. 2, 163-181
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1648-5831

Exploring the Usage of a Video Application Tool: Experiences in Film Studies

Nazlena Mohamad ALI, Alan F. SMEATON

Institute of Visual Informatics, University Kebangsaan Malaysia 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, Dublin City University Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland E-mail:,


This paper explores our experiences in deploying a video application tool in film studies, and its evaluation in terms of realistic contextual end-users who have real tasks to perform in a real environment. We demonstrate our experiences and core lesson learnt in deploying our novel movie browser application with undergraduate and graduate students completing a Film Studies course in Dublin City University over a semester. We developed a system called MOVIEBROWSER2 that has two types of browsing modes: Advanced and Basic. In general, students found that the features we provided were beneficial for their studies. Some issues or mismatches arose during the trial. A `wish-list' was drawn up that might be useful for the future system developer. The contribution and achievements reported in this article are on the demonstration and exploration of how advances in technology can be deployed, and media can be accessed in the context of a real user community. Exploring the usage indicates a positive acceptance among students, besides lessons learned that are important for further investigation.


usage data analysis, digital video application, film studies

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