Learner-Centred Design and Evaluation of Web-Based E-Learning Environments

Minocha, Shailey and Sharp, Helen (2004). Learner-Centred Design and Evaluation of Web-Based E-Learning Environments. In: The 7th HCI Educators Workshop: Effective Teaching and Training in HCI, 1-2 Apr 2004, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

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Designing E-learning is a combination of pedagogical design, usability and information architecture. E-learning environments should have intuitive interfaces and clear information design, allowing learners to focus on learning. However, there is often a mismatch between what an on-line educator thinks the learner would learn, and what a learner thinks he will, and then has learned from the course. In addition, there is sometimes a mismatch between how an educator wants to teach and what is represented on the interface by the instructional designers. Such mismatches affect the learner's experience and his motivation for E-learning. In this paper, we will first discuss the source and nature of these mismatches. Next, we will discuss whether usability techniques in the HCI literature are appropriate for evaluating E-learning environments for the learner experience. We will then propose a combination of requirements elicitation and usability techniques for learner-centred design and evaluation of Web-based E-learning environments. The proposed methodology is based on our experience of conducting empirical studies for evaluating user-system interactions in E-Commerce contexts.

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