A Usability Evaluation Method for e-learning: Focus on Motivation to Learn

Author(s): Panagiotis Zaharias
Venue: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Date: 2006

Type of Experiement: Controlled Experiment


Pages: 1571 - 1576
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1125451.1125738

The author of this paper describes a questionnaire-based usability evaluation method for e-learning applications. The author introduces a new metric for measuring intrinsic motivation to learn. The method was developed using established methodology in HCI research. The author validates the method with two empirical studies. The results suggest that that the method is reliable.

The first experiment was conducted with the participation of four user-organizations and used a common e-learning service in order to train a subset of employees. A total of 113 trainees participated in the study. A second version of the survey was developed for the second study. The second study was conducted with a large private Greek bank that used e-learning services to help train it's employees. There were 256 participants in the second study. The author performed factor analysis using principal components method on the results.