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Derivations of design concepts for video search interfaces

Cliff Loke (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)
Schubert Foo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)
Shaheen Majid (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 4 December 2018

Issue publication date: 8 July 2019




Keywords search is intuitive, simple to use and convenient. It is also the de facto input interface for textual and multimedia retrieval. However, individuals often perform poorly when faced with exploratory search tasks that are common during learning, resulting in poor quality searches. The purpose of this paper is to examine how adolescent learners search and select videos to support self-learning. The findings allow for the identification of design concepts of video retrieval interface and features that can facilitate better exploratory searches.


Participants were assigned two customized video search tasks. The think-aloud protocol is used to allow participants to verbalize their actions, thoughts and feeling. This approach offered rich insights to the participants’ cognitive processes and considerations when performing the search tasks.


This study identified five themes for exploratory video search behavior: selection of internet resources, query formulation/reformulation, selection of the video(s) for preview, getting acquainted with the video content, and making a decision for the search task. The analysis of these themes led to a number of design concepts, ranging from supporting exploration of topics to better interaction with metadata.

Practical implications

The findings can inform future development of dedicated video retrieval systems interfaces that seeks to facilitate effective exploratory searches by learners.


This study contributes by suggesting design concepts for video retrieval system developers to support exploratory video searches.



Loke, C., Foo, S. and Majid, S. (2019), "Derivations of design concepts for video search interfaces", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 71 No. 4, pp. 458-479.



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