Designing and Evaluating User Interfaces for eLearning
Ronald Aust, University of Kansas, United States ; Robert Isaacson, University of Rhode Island, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This article describes the design and evaluation of the user interface for over 50 online modules encompassing 150 lessons, and 100+ hours of mediated instruction. We employed rapid prototyping, multiple focus groups, alpha and beta test evaluations in developing a consistent, effective, reliable and scaleable user interface. The user interface elements employ multiple navigation strategies with page arrows, a table of contents and sub-menus that support a modular design. Interactive elements include context sensitive glossary items, multiple choice and free text assessments with tailored remediation. The primary instructional components are the previews and presentations that are available in text and streaming media versions with segmented playlists. Proactive requirements, rapid prototyping, and user-centered evaluation, contributed to the development of content rich modules, which are reliable and easy-to –use.
Aust, R. & Isaacson, R. (2005). Designing and Evaluating User Interfaces for eLearning. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1195-1202). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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