Perceived Usability of Social Software Enabling Self-Directed Learning
Anh Vu Nguyen-Ngoc, Effie Lai-Chong Law, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
In this paper we report our idea of supporting self-directed learning (SDL) with a selection of social software tools, given the assumption that SDL competence can be enhanced by group learning activities. The concomitant research concern is to explore how usable and useful these tools are for fostering online communication and for supporting the development of learning contract. To address this issue, we have developed a simple instrument – tool usage statements - based on the core usability concepts and augmented Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The instrument was administered at the middle and the end of a three-month user trial. Results showed that the changes in the perceived usability, user experience and acceptance were insignificant, though in general they were on the increasing trend. Some interesting observations about the participants’ preference for Weblog to iLogue – an application tailored made for supporting the development of learning contract – were analyzed. It is deemed relevant to improve the instrument and to further explore other remote evaluation methods.
Nguyen-Ngoc, A.V. & Law, E.L.C. (2008). Perceived Usability of Social Software Enabling Self-Directed Learning. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1449-1458). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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