Online Learning for the Real World: Diploma in Computing via the Internet

Online Learning for the Real World: Diploma in Computing via the Internet

Bridget Khursheed (University of Oxford, UK)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-105-6.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter examines usability evaluation in the context of the Diploma in Computing via the Internet offered by the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education and, to some extent, its on-site course partner. This ongoing online course is aimed at adult non-university (the “real world” of the chapter title) students. The chapter follows the usability evaluation process through the life cycle of course development, delivery and maintenance, analysing the requirements and actions of each stage and how they were implemented in the course. It also discusses how pedagogical evaluation must be considered as part of this process, as well as the more obvious software considerations, and how this was achieved within the course. Finally it draws some conclusions concerning the enhancements to course usability of the virtual classroom and how this atypical evaluation material can and should be integrated into an overall usability evaluation picture.

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