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Using IT to Improve Learning Methods: A Usability Analysis Through User Survey and Personas
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As the use of the Internet grows the number of web based services grows with it. Shopping online is increasingly common and in some countries you can even manage your taxes online. The universities are also seeing the possibilities with the Internet. Courses are managed online and assignments and articles are automatically checked for plagiarism by comparing them to huge shared databases.

The EC funded project ROLE was launched in 2009 to investigate how web-based systems for learning can be made more personal. Such a change might also change the way students learn. ROLE introduces a psycho-pedagogical integration model (PPIM) in which students are meant to create their own goals, find their own tools to achieve the set goals and finally reflect on the way the goals were achieved, or why they were not achieved.

This thesis investigates a new experimental system called PLESpaces, developed by Uppsala Learning Lab, and the usability aspects of incorporating ROLE technology such as the PPIM model into it. To investigate the problems which may arise this thesis will make use of personas and a user survey to get feedback from the students. The results of the thesis show that implementing  PPIM in the way proposed by the ROLE-project may prove problematic. This is mainly because working in the way proposed by the PPIM could take time from the actual learning. Finally the thesis presents questions for future research that should be resolved within the ROLE-project in order to deliver a usable system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UPTEC IT, ISSN 1401-5749 ; 12 010
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179365OAI: diva2:544350
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Information Technology Engineering
Available from: 2012-08-14 Created: 2012-08-14 Last updated: 2012-08-14Bibliographically approved

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