A Usability Study with Children: Testing OLPC (One Laptop per Child) XO Interface
Evrim Baran, Iowa State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Usability testing is a keystone activity for user-centered design. Although user centered design has been studied and practiced in the literature on adult computer products, the works on addressing the need to include the user in the design of children’s computer products is still limited. Comprehensive usability testing with children is the essential component to create products that are child-friendly and child-approved (Brouwer-Janse et al., 1997). Recently, low cost mobile platforms are developed for basic education and released into the market. OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO laptop is an example of these platforms which was designed as a tool to educate underprivileged children worldwide, with the goal of providing “one laptop per child”. The purpose of this study is to conduct a usability test on OLPC XO’s interface in order to understand the effectiveness of icons and navigation and enhance the user experience through simple navigation and universal design. In the final paper submission, the results from this study will be shared and discussed.
Baran, E. (2009). A Usability Study with Children: Testing OLPC (One Laptop per Child) XO Interface. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 774-778). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).