User-Centered Design of Online Learning Communities

User-Centered Design of Online Learning Communities

Niki Lambropoulos (London South Bank, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-358-6.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter aims to introduce User-Centred Design and its basic concepts associated with online learning communities. Another aim is to search for guidelines to ensure Quality in online learning. Human Computer Interaction for Education provides the missing holistic approach for online learning. Functioning in a socio-technical framework, online learning communities combine information and knowledge stores situated in shared social spaces using social learning software. In recent years, educational technologists linked the theory and systems design in education. However, several disciplines combine in online learning. User-Centred Design provides the cross-disciplinary approach that appears to be essential for Quality in online learning. Thus, seven guidelines for experts’ evaluation are proposed as signposts: intention, information, interactivity, real time evaluation, visibility, control and support.

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