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Beyond Usability: Evaluating Instructional Technology to Better Inform the Field
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, , , , , University of Alberta, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper examines the limitations of evaluative research historically and within a current context. This includes the need to better understand the pedagogical context and perform better research. The paper looks at a few recent specific evaluative studies. It suggests that the use of evaluation typically limits what we can learn from the studies. The paper discusses a type of formative evaluation, usability, which while commonly used, is not generally sufficient for formatively evaluating Instructional Technology projects. The paper indicates important questions that need examining. In addition, the paper includes suggestion for improving evaluative studies, including allowing more time in projects to carry out meaningful studies.

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Varnhagen, S., Zhou, G., Arkison, B., Sears, M. & Myers, M. (2004). Beyond Usability: Evaluating Instructional Technology to Better Inform the Field. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1120-1125). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 25, 2019 from .

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