Usability and Learning: A Framework for Evaluation of Web-Based e-Learning Applications
Samuel Ssemugabi, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa ; Ruth De Villiers, University of South Africa, South Africa
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
With rapid advances in information and communication technology, e-learning is playing a major role in education and training. Aspects of usability, as well as learning issues, need to be considered in the development and evaluation of e-learning applications. This paper proposes a framework for evaluation of web-based e-learning applications that narrows the gap between the fields of educational computing and Human Computer Interaction. A literature study was undertaken to synthesise the framework, which comprises three categories – general interface design, web-site specific design, and instructional design. The categories contain sets of criteria and subcriteria that relate to aspects of learning and usability. In an evaluation study, a learner-survey was conducted of a course website, Info3Net, to determine the effectiveness of the evaluation framework. The criteria served well in identifying deficiencies in the application with regard to its usability and support for learning.
Ssemugabi, S. & De Villiers, R. (2007). Usability and Learning: A Framework for Evaluation of Web-Based e-Learning Applications. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 906-913). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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