CEC Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures

Title

An adaptable usability heuristic checklist for online courses

Event Location / Date(s)

Indianapolis, IN / October 19-22, 2005

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Presentation Date

10-19-2005

Conference Name / Publication Title

Proceedings: ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference

ISSN or ISBN

0-7803-9077-6

First Page

T2H6

Last Page

T2H11

Description

Creating a rich online learning environment is a challenge and requires thoughtful User Experience Planning (UEP) for the effective presentation of the course interface. The user experience of an online course from a human-computer interaction point-of-view is not a naturally occurring process; it must be planned for. Instructors can apply the UEP process with measurable usability attributes and adaptable heuristics to evaluate the user experience in an online course. As a tool, UEP could be used to locate specific usability problems related to navigation, error recovery, locating information, and the selection of hyperlinks. An adaptable usability heuristic checklist for online courses will be presented. The checklist includes 13 heuristic categories, including: Visibility, Functionality, Aesthetics, Feedback and Help, Error Prevention, Memorability, Course Management, Interactivity, Flexibility, Consistency, Efficiency, Reducing Redundancy, and Accessibility.

Comments

Conference website: http://www.fie-conference.org/fie2005/index.htm

Publisher Information: Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

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