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Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
Usabililty In Online Courses
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  • 1. How Usable is Your Course?
    Presentation for online instructorsDistance Education and Educational Technology, Central Texas College
  • 2. “Visible” reading
    Attention depends on purpose
    novels vs. textbooks
    Reading = [too much] = Automatic
    disrupt automatic reading
    Boldface terms
    Capitalization
    Titles
    Specific phrases
    Hierarchy
  • 3. Enhance Remembering
    Chunking
    Break into manageable steps
    Primacy and recency
    “Seven plus/minus two” rule of working memory
  • 4. Beware: Web vs. Print
    Adjust the writing style to users’ preferences and browsing habits
    Promotional writing won’t be read
    Long text blocks without images and keywords marked in bold, italics or different color will be skipped
    Exaggerated language will be ignored
  • 5. Visible Language
    The concept was introduced by Aaron Marcus in papers on effective visual communication
    “visible language”— is the content users see/read on a screen
    3 principles were stated
  • 6. User behavior on the web
    Users appreciatequality and credibility
    Web users areimpatient and insist oninstant gratification.Very simple principle: the higher is the cognitive load and the less intuitive is the navigation, the more willing are users to leave the page.
  • 7. 3. Users don’t read, they scan in the “F” pattern
  • 8. 4. Users don’t make optimal choices
    Users don’t search for the quickest way to find the information. Neither do they scan web-page in a linear fashion, going sequentially from one site section to another one.
    Instead users satisfice-they choose the first reasonable option.
    Optimizing is hard and it takes a long time
    Satisficing is more efficient.
  • 9. Auditory memory
    Enhances visual
    Appeals to auditory learners
    Wimba Voice Tools
    Length – 3-5 min
    Need transcripts for ADA
    Video
  • 10. What can we adapt from web design principles?
    Be obvious - don’t make users think or search for information
    Be user-centric - strive for simplicity
    Users are impatient – intuitive design flow
    Conventions are our friends:
    Only links are underlined
    Menu on left
  • 11. What can we adapt from web design principles? – cont’d
    Use “white” space generously
    reduces the cognitive load for the learners
    makes it possible to perceive the information presented on the screen
    Break the monotony: blank lines, bullets, etc
    Test with peers – creators are not suited to test their own courses – need fresh perspective

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