Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
With the widespread availability of Internet and computer technology, on-line web-based learning has become prevalent in the field of teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language (CSL/CFL). This study examined the concepts of usability and types of design elements that help construct an effective web-based learning environment, as well as
their relationship with user perspectives from both CSL/CFL learners and teachers. The participants’ navigation experiences were
investigated as they performed and reflected upon the guided usability tasks on assigned websites via a semi-structured think-aloud
interview. Captivate and Audacity software were used purposively to capture users’ navigation paths and record reflections during each test section. The findings provide a profile of design issues and
examples in terms of interface, information and interaction along with pedagogical suggestions to consider in future CSL/CFL website design
Huang, C.K., Hsin, C.O. & Chiu, C.H. (2010). Evaluating CSL/CFL Website Usability: A User-centered Design Approach. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 19(2), 177-210. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/33035/.
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