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Usability Study of a Simplified eLearning Design that Integrates Google@UH Apps and the Laulima LMS

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Title:Usability Study of a Simplified eLearning Design that Integrates Google@UH Apps and the Laulima LMS
Authors:Munafo, Koran
Contributors:Leong, Peter (instructor)
simplified design
Google Apps for Education
Laulima LMS
User-centered system design
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LC Subject Headings:User-centered system design
Date Issued:23 Apr 2016
Abstract:Abstract: Navigating elearning courses that involve multiple services and access points
can be daunting for learners. In the University of Hawai‘i (UH) system the “Laulima”
(Sakai) Learning Management System is the standard service used for elearning
course delivery, while the Google@UH (Google Apps for Education) suite is used for “official”
email and web 2.0 services. Additionally, the option to add Google "consumer apps," to
Google@UH accounts has recently become available. The purpose of this usability study
was to assess the user perception, efficiency, and ease of use of an elearning
course design that integrates the use of the Google@UH services with the Laulima Learning
Management System (LMS) through a simplified usercentered
design. Three rounds of in-person usability testing captured user interaction with the course site via a “think
aloud” process and mouse movement monitoring. Pre and post surveys collected
attitudinal and demographic data. Data analysis included task completion rate and both
quantitative and qualitative user evaluations. The majority of usability issues were
resolved over the course of 3 rounds of usability testing with revisions made to the
prototype inbetween each round. Major revisions included a simplified homepage with
minimal text, graphic links created with universal icons, an animated course “features”
video, and strategically placed links to tools and resources. The results showed an
increase in user perception, efficiency, and ease of use, of this integrated by design
elearning prototype.
Description:Master's Project Usability Study Research Report and Presentation
Appears in Collections: LTEC 690, Spring 2016

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