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Making Design Easy: a Usability Evaluation of Latest Generation Learning Design Tools

, DII - Marche Polytechnic University (Italy) / IC - State University of Campinas (Brazil), Brazil ; , Institute of Computing – IC State University of Campinas, Brazil ; , Department of Engineering Information – DII Marche Polytechnic University, Italy

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Learning Design is assuming growing importance within educational technology research and in the last years many efforts have been made to develop effective tools, to be used by teachers and practitioners in their work practice. This paper is a report on the findings of a usability evaluation of two latest generation Learning Design tools. The Heuristic Evaluation method was used to highlight usability problems by a group of graduate students in a Human-Computer Interaction discipline; quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyze the results. Findings indicate the presence of significant usability problems related to all aspects of use, including a considerable number of serious problems that can completely undermining usability and diffusion of these tools. Five main guidelines are suggested to make Learning Design software more suitable to the use of teachers.


Arpetti, A., Baranauskas, M.C.C. & Leo, T. (2013). Making Design Easy: a Usability Evaluation of Latest Generation Learning Design Tools. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 960-965). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 27, 2019 from .

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