Usability Evaluation Of Online Learning Programs

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Successful use of information and communication technologies depends on usable designs that do not require expensive training, accommodate the needs of diverse users and are low cost. There is a growing demand and increasing pressure for adopting innovative approaches to the design and delivery of education, hence, the use of online learning (also called E-learning) as a mode of study. This is partly due to the increasing number of learners and the limited resources available to meet a wide range of various needs, backgrounds, expectations, skills, levels, ages, abilities and disabilities. The advances of new technology and communications (WWW, Human Computer Interaction and Multimedia) have made it possible to reach out to a bigger audience around the globe. By focusing on the issues that have impact on the usability of online learning programs and their implementation, Usability Evaluation of Online Learning Programs specifically fills-in a gap in this area, which is particularly invaluable to practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591401056
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I ETH World - Implementation of a Virtual Campus Infrastructure and E-Learning at ETH Zurich 1
Ch. II Implementating Online Delivery and Learning Support Systems: Issues, Evaluation and Lessons 19
Ch. III Collaborative Learning On-Demand on the Internet Mbone 40
Ch. IV Improving Usability of an Online Learning System by Means of Multimedia, Collaboration and Adaptation Resources 69
Ch. V Heuristic Evaluation of Web-Based ODL Programs 88
Ch. VI Coming off the Rails: Evaluation and the Design Process 110
Ch. VII Developing and Supporting Research-Based Learning and Teaching through Technology 128
Ch. VIII Online Learning for the Real World: Diploma in Computing Via the Internet 159
Ch. IX Usability Inspection of the ECONOF System's User Interface Visualization Component 177
Ch. X Issues of Quality in Online Degree Programmes 198
Ch. XI Learning Technologies and Learning Theories 218
Ch. XII Design Cycle Usability Evaluations of an Intercultural Virtual Simulation Game for Collaborative Learning 233
Ch. XIII Computer-Supported Network-Based Learning Environment for the Workplace 254
Ch. XIV Professional to Manufacturing Mode Due to Online University Education 273
Ch. XV Changing Roles and Processes in Online Tuition for Higher Education: A Case Study for the UK Open University 283
Ch. XVI Learnability 299
Ch. XVII Usability Evaluation of Online Learning Programs: A Sociological Standpoint 313
Ch. XVIII Security and Online Learning: To Protect or Prohibit 331
Ch. XIX How Useful Are World Wide Web Discussion Boards and Email in Delivering a Case Study Course in Reproductive Medicine 360
Ch. XX Ensuring Optimal Accessibility of Online Learning Resources 371
Ch. XXI Online Learning for the Visually Impaired 387
About the Authors 409
Index 419
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