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The Evaluation of Multimedia Encyclopedia “Encarta 97”

, College of Business Studies (PAAET), Kuwait ; , , , Univ. of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The study presented in this paper attempts to evaluate Encarta 97, a Multimedia Encyclopedia (English Edition) in a university setting. Encarta contains the content of a traditional 29 volume print encyclopedia plus thousands of pieces of multimedia (text, sound, graphics, animation, and video) in one CD-ROM. An experiment was carried out in Kuwait University, and 17 students participated in the evaluation. A summative evaluation was carried out to investigate the package by looking at its Usability, Learnability, Enjoyability, and Media Capability. The objectives was to: examine some design aspects of the package; understand how Kuwaiti students perceive a well designed western multimedia package; and apply some alternative evaluation tools.


Al-Hunaiyyan, A., Hewitt, J., Jones, S. & Messer, D. (2001). The Evaluation of Multimedia Encyclopedia “Encarta 97”. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 27-28). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 18, 2022 from .