But is it Useful? Website Usability Testing of the UH STEM Education Website

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2016-04-19
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Arakawa, Melissa
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Fulford, Catherine
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The digital age has ushered in a time where users are instantaneously and continuously connected to the world at the touch of a screen. Having an online presence is the lifeline of an institution. It is therefore imperative that an institution’s website be easy to use, provide reliable information and be aesthetically pleasing to the user. Upon the creation of the new Office of STEM Education at the University of Hawai‘i, a website was immediately launched to provide information. However, as the office grew the website remained stagnant. Feedback from constituents focused on the lack of current and relevant information. The purpose of this usability study was to analyze, develop and evaluate the content, navigation and user satisfaction of the Office STEM Education website and to improve its efficiency for faculty and students at the University of Hawai‘i. Based on such feedback in the rapid prototyping and usability study changes were implemented on the website to improve the overall design and navigability.
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This paper was presented at the Learning Design & Technology's TCC online conference in April 2016.
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website usability, STEM
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Arakawa, Melissa M. (2016, April 19) But is it useful? Website usability testing of the UH STEM Education website. PowerPoint was presented at the 21st Annual Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference
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