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Evaluation of Distance-Learning Environments: Impact of Usability on Student Performance
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IJET Volume 7, Number 4, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Experimental results of usability evaluation of a distance learning system are presented in this article. An experiment is described that took place in the frame of a University course. The main goal of the experiment was to evaluate the usability of the Testing and Self-evaluation component of the system. A complementary research goal was to explore the eventual impact of system usability on student performance. For this purpose, two alternative software components were compared that shared similar functionality, implemented in different ways (IDLE, WebCT). The usability evaluation was based on user questionnaires. From this experiment correlation between the software usability and student performance has emerged, underlining the importance of usability evaluation of systems supporting distance learning.

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Avouris, N.M., Dimitracopoulou, A., Daskalaki, S. & Tselios, N.K. (2001). Evaluation of Distance-Learning Environments: Impact of Usability on Student Performance. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 7(4), 355-378. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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