Shield, L. and Kukulska-Hulme, A.
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With the intention of defining an initial research agenda for discipline-specific factors in the usability of e-learning websites, this paper focuses on the example of foreign language learning. First, general notions and concepts of usability are analyzed, and the term 'pedagogical usability' is proposed as a means of focusing on the close relationship between usability and pedagogical design. Then, to address the key issue of whether there are aspects of pedagogical usability that are discipline-specific, the paper examines how language learning and teaching, in particular Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL), has approached usability when developing technology-enhanced learning materials. Three elements of a research agenda are identified: pedagogical usability, intercultural usability and website evaluation. In conclusion, it is suggested that just as language learning websites may require a discipline-specific approach, so in other disciplines pedagogical usability may also need to be considered in relation to the specific requirements of the discipline, and that a debate around these issues is timely.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2006 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education|
|Extra Information:||Publication developed from a conference paper presented at ED-MEDIA 2004 which obtained an Outstanding Paper Award.|
|Keywords:||usability; language learning websites; technology-enhanced language learning|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Education and Language Studies > Languages
Institute of Educational Technology
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)|
|Depositing User:||Agnes Kukulska-Hulme|
|Date Deposited:||05 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||21 Sep 2011 16:23|
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