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Examining the Usability of an Elementary School Website

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Title: Examining the Usability of an Elementary School Website
Authors: Kotomori, Christine
Instructor: Irvine, Christine
Keywords: usability study, elementary school website
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference
Citation: Kotomori, C. (2014). Examining the usability of an elementary school website. PowerPoint presented at the 19th Annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
Abstract: Throughout a school year, important information must be communicated between schools and families of elementary students. Despite communication via newsletters, emails, and flyers, some information is lost in the transition from the classroom to home. A school website allows parents to access important, current information about their child’s school. To be effective, it must be easy to navigate and use. The purpose of this usability study was to evaluate the content and organization of a school website to enable developers to improve its effectiveness for parents and families. The study was conducted with six parents. Data were collected using field notes and screencasting software to record the computer screen activity and participants’ verbal comments as they navigated the website while being audio recorded. Analysis included qualitative coding of field notes, screencasts and audio transcripts and descriptive statistical analysis of screencasting data. Five out of the six participants were able to complete all four tasks in the study. Feedback from participants indicated that they found the website organized and up to date, but lacking some features such as testing scores, pictures of students, and a grading portal to name a few.
Description: The purpose of this usability study was to evaluate the functionality and effectiveness of a public elementary school's website designed to increase school and home communications for the parents of children enrolled at that K-5 elementary school on Oahu. This project was done in partial fulfillment for a master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Pages/Duration: 12
Rights: Copyright is held by author. Request permission to use.
Appears in Collections:ETEC 690, Spring 2014

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