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Critical Evaluation of a Multimedia Application

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Critical Evaluation of a Multimedia Application


Animated Beginning Phonics

Critical Evaluation Multimedia Application


Animated Beginning Typing

Application Name: Animated beginning phonics


A multimedia application designed for beginning readers aged 4-8 users to understand upper and lower case letters, beginning and ending sounds, middle short vowels sounds and beginning reading words. Application designed using a sound, text, animated objects. It also features with more than 200 3D objects and help also available for user. All menu items and directions are interactive this will help the pre-readers to navigate and operate the program. If user solve a certain number problems it will rewarded by a game. The game room has a parent/teacher control which controls number of problems user have to solve before going to a game room.


        The application contains 8 problem solving tasks which link by main menu page. Main navigational buttons placed bottom of the screen every screen consists with a Directions button, Help button and a Quit button.

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One of the common feature of the application is every action is speak out by a voice message and every object is highlighted on mouse down event. Quality of the audio and graphics used in this application below the standards comparing other applications in the market. Although application gives good idea about how each letter pronounced, beginning sound letters and middle vowel letters.

         There are 8 knowledge building tasks in this application. Upper case and Lower case letters where user has to match upper case and lower case letters, user have to click on the upper case or lower case letter first and then the matching letter. In Beginning sound letters user has to click on the picture that begins with the given letter which will be displays top of the screen and it also describe by a voice message. In beginning sound review list of letters will displays right side of the screen and user have to match the picture begin with matching letter.

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  • Disorganised Main menu, Rather than using a quit button on every page if there is a Main menu button or back button will help to develop usability issues
  • When there is a quit button user cannot understand whether to exit the program or exit to main menu.
  • Developer has used lots of colours and buttons all over the screen making hard to understand.
  • There is only one help screen, user cannot get help for each task
  • Poor navigation in some areas of the application (Eg. Game Room)
  • Poor quality audio clip, some of the voice messages are poor quality.
  • Poor image quality
  • Use of same button for different task (eg. Quit button in main menu has been used throughout the application.


  • User can learn the alphabet in fun way (eg. after completing each task user will be rewarded by a game)
  • Use of animation, Without putting still images developer has used animated images giving more interactivity to application
  • Interactivity, (Eg. Each action return a Voice Message or Animation makes event driven program.)


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