Project SHINE: Evaluating Mobile Based Learning Resources for Novice Tutors

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2015-03-19
Authors
Preising, Jonah
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The Students Helping in Naturalization of Elders Project of Honolulu is part of a national service-learning initiative that helps elderly immigrants pass the naturalization examination for United States citizenship. Service learning volunteers commit to ten weeks of service and enter into the program with little to no experience teaching English as a Second Language. The researcher designed a website to provide a repository of just-in-time English as a Second Language tutoring resources for mobile devices. Therefore, the purpose of this usability study was to examine the ease of use of this website on mobile devices. The researcher recruited participants from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student clubs and organizations with a stated mission of learning through community service. Participants answered questions about how they use mobile devices. A mobile device fitted with a wireless camera rig captured the gestures of the participants in authentic mobile environments on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Three cycles of iterative design took place over a three-month period. Thirteen participants indicated that the mobile website was well organized, had pleasing design elements, and the site was easy to use. Participant feedback and suggestions contributed to the website's final design.
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This project was completed as part of the graduation requirements for the LTEC masters program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The project was presented at the 20th Annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
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mobile usability testing, MALL, ESL, m-learning
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Preising, J. (2015, March 19). Project SHINE: Evaluating Mobile Based Learning Resources for Novice Tutors. PowerPoint presented at the 20th Annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
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