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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 9344-9394; doi:10.3390/su7079344

MODELI: An Emotion-Based Software Engineering Methodology for the Development of Digital Learning Objects for the Preservation of the Mixtec Language

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Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Technological University of the Mixteca, Road to Acatlima Km. 2.5, Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca 69000, Mexico
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Postgraduate Division, Technological University of the Mixteca, Road to Acatlima Km. 2.5, Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca 69000, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Marc Rosen
Received: 3 April 2015 / Revised: 30 June 2015 / Accepted: 6 July 2015 / Published: 16 July 2015

Abstract

In this paper, a methodology termed MODELI (methodology for the design of educational digital objects for indigenous languages) is presented for the development of digital learning objects (DLOs) for the Mixtec language, which is an indigenous Mexican language. MODELI is based on the spiral model of software development and integrates three important aspects for the analysis and design of DLOs: pedagogical, affective-emotional and technological-functional. The premise of MODELI is that the emotional aspect with the inclusion of cultural factors has an important effect on the learning motivation of indigenous users when interacting with the DLO. Principles of the visual, auditory (or aural), read/write, kinesthetic (VARK) model and Kansei engineering were considered for the inclusion of the pedagogical, emotional and technological-functional aspects within the spiral model for the development of MODELI. The methodology was validated with the development of a DLO for a previously unknown variant of the Mixtec language. Usability tests of the DLO built with MODELI evidenced an improvement on the learning motivation and the value of cultural identity of indigenous children. These results are important for the preservation of indigenous languages in Mexico, because most of them are partially documented, and there is social rejection of indigenous culture caused by discrimination of ethnic communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital learning objects; Mixtec language; emotion-based learning digital learning objects; Mixtec language; emotion-based learning
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Allende-Hernández, O.; Caballero-Morales, S.-O. MODELI: An Emotion-Based Software Engineering Methodology for the Development of Digital Learning Objects for the Preservation of the Mixtec Language. Sustainability 2015, 7, 9344-9394.

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