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Howard, Y (2009) User-Friendly and Learner-Friendly courseware design, development and evaluation. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The design of eLearning courseware has become an important area of research within
contemporary Higher Education. The literature and practice of designing eLearning indicates
that the role of user-friendly and learner-friendly design as it applies to fully-online
courseware is yet to be established. When it comes to user-friendly design, an established
set of heuristics is still in development, as researchers’ investigate the impact an additional
requirement of learning has on traditional user-friendly design. When it comes to learner-friendly
design, there are still questions in regards to the features that contribute to effective
pedagogical design. The design, development and evaluation of fully-online courseware
based on a constructivist philosophy for ill-structured problem types, is yet to be discussed
in-depth within the literature. In particular, it is not clear whether learners’ perspectives differ
from that of academics and professional courseware designers. This thesis attempts to
address these gaps in the literature through a mixed-methods approach. Firstly, a
questionnaire survey is used to obtain statistical and open-ended data on teaching and
learning online, user-friendly design, and learner-friendly design, from a range of students,
academics, and professionals. Secondly, a fully-online prototype courseware on Intercultural
Communication aimed at first-year university students, has been designed and developed by
the researcher. A sample group of participants evaluate this courseware, through openended
interview and email feedback. The results are bought together to present a range of
contemporary perspectives on some specific aspects of user-friendly and learner-friendly
courseware design.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2009 23:27
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