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Usability and Pedagogical Design: Are Language Learning Websites Special?

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Shield, Lesley (2004). Usability and Pedagogical Design: Are Language Learning Websites Special? In: Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (Cantoni, L. and McLoughlin, C. eds.), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Lugano, Switzerland, pp. 4235–4242.

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Abstract

This paper explores the usability of e-learning websites, with particular reference to foreign language learning. Notions and concepts of usability are analyzed, and a definition of 'pedagogical usability' is proposed. The key issue is whether there are aspects of pedagogical usability that are discipline-specific. The paper examines the way in which language learning and teaching, in particular Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL), has approached usability as an area worthy of consideration when developing technology-enhanced learning materials. We propose three elements of a research agenda that should be taken forward - pedagogical usability, intercultural usability and website evaluation - to generate a more complete picture of what constitutes usability in language learning websites.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
ISBN: 1-880094-53-3, 978-1-880094-53-2
Keywords: usability; language learning; pedagogical design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 58794
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 15:34
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 05:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58794
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