A Partnership Project to Assess the Usability of Curriki.org
Christian Penny, David Bolton, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Websites provide the key interface for Internet users. Developing sites that are responsive to user needs is critical for all site designers and managers (Price, 1997). For Web sites managers to be successful and for users to be satisfied, Web sites need to consider usability (Nielsen 2000, Pearrow 2000). The Curriki online environment is already a place where educators, learners and scholars can work together to create quality teaching and learning materials. But how easy is the site to use? What improvements can be made? Are the training materials easy to follow? The purpose of this research project was to assess the usability of the Curriki.org site and quality of the training materials, to develop a set of evaluation instruments for that purpose, and to then use these tools with pre-service teachers at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Specifically this study aimed to answer the question: how do pre-service teachers at West Chester University assess the usability of the Curriki site to create and post curriculum materials?
Penny, C. & Bolton, D. (2009). A Partnership Project to Assess the Usability of Curriki.org. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2919-2929). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).