Cross-Cultural Differences in Perceptions of E-Learning Usability: An Empirical Investigation

Cross-Cultural Differences in Perceptions of E-Learning Usability: An Empirical Investigation

Panagiotis Zaharias (University of the Aegean, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch102
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Abstract

E-learning is gaining momentum in corporate settings as an alternative and supplementary solution to learning and performance problems. Users of e-learning applications and courses differ across regional, linguistic, and country boundaries and user requirements are strongly influenced by their local cultural perspective. Thus e-learning design needs to be sensitive to cultural parameters. Yet, there are very few empirical studies that investigate e-learningdesign and usability issues from a cultural perspective. This study: (a) discusses the cultural considerations in human computer interaction and information systems research and the specificities of usability in e-learning context, (b) focuses on the usability evaluation of e-learning courses within an international e-learning pilot initiative. Employees from four user organizations representing four countries in South Eastern Europe participated as users of the e-learning courses and evaluated their usability.

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