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Usability Study of an Online Mobile Apps Instructional Module for Busy Instructors

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Title:Usability Study of an Online Mobile Apps Instructional Module for Busy Instructors
Authors:Irebaria, Cheryl
Contributors:Leong, Peter (instructor)
Keywords:mobile apps
online instructional module
usability study
professional development
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Date Issued:19 Apr 2016
Citation:Irebaria, C. (2016, April 19). Mobile apps for busy instructors: A usability study. PowerPoint presented at the 21st Annual Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
Abstract:Considering the accessibility of online educational applications, it is natural to assume that instructors incorporate them into their practice. However, lack of resource-awareness and time prevent instructors from learning about practical apps. To overcome these barriers, an online instructional module that succinctly shares useful information on how to use the Kahoot!, Blendspace, and PowToon apps was developed. These apps were selected because they offer instructors relief from the time-consuming task of creating entirely new deliverables by providing ready-made products that instructors can use. The purpose of this usability study was to assess the ease of use, learnability, and user satisfaction of the module before use with its target audience. Online resources such as PowToon and YouTube were used to develop content while the ARCS Model of Motivation and Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning guided design and content organization. The testing sessions, which were recorded using Google Hangouts on Air and Screencast-O-Matic 2, exposed navigation, structural, and language issues as participants engaged in specific tasks. At the end of each session, participants completed a survey that provided additional insight and recommendations for improvement. Two rounds of usability testing were done; each round uncovered problem areas that were corrected to facilitate quicker navigation of the site. Revisions to the module resulted in a more intuitive and fluid experience. These positive gains lend support for the effectiveness of usability testing in meeting design objectives.
Pages/Duration:114 pages
Rights:Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike
Appears in Collections: LTEC 690, Spring 2016

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