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Usability Study on a Website Integrating Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

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Title: Usability Study on a Website Integrating Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
Authors: Baylor, Matthew
Instructor: Ho, Curtis
Keywords: Google Apps
self-organized learning environments
Mitra, Sugata
usability study
Issue Date: 18 Apr 2017
Citation: Baylor, M. (2017, April 18). Usability Study on a Website Integrating Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). PowerPoint was presented at the 22nd Annual Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
Abstract: This usability project was created to test a website designed for teachers to implement the pedagogical approach, Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), developed by Sugata Mitra, and the technology suite, Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Mitra’s School in the Cloud website, which facilitates SOLE sessions, lacks the ability to share and save student presentations easily. Adding this functionality was the primary reason for developing the website for this project. Google Sites was used to develop the website, taking into account design features which aid in a simple and effective user experience (Krug, 2010). Educators from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and teachers from the University Laboratory School volunteered to test the website’s usability. Each participant was asked to go through a series of scenarios, resulting in revisions to further aid the usability of the website. After collecting the data, it was clear that certain features and wording needed to be changed to make the website more accessible, but the main features were easily understood once located, and users were able to complete the tasks they were presented. Through observations and interviews, the ability to run inquiry-based lessons and participate in a global community of students and teachers was evident. The conclusion reached through this usability study is to further develop the primary features tested, with the aim to integrate more seamless communication and sharing between users.
Description: This usability study was designed to determine the functionality of a site dedicated to integrating the Google apps for education suite with the Self-organized learning approach designed by Sugata Mitra.
Pages/Duration: 25
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/45817
Rights: Attribution required
Appears in Collections:LTEC 690, Spring 2017



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