An Analysis of Usability Factors in Web-Based Multimedia (WBMM) Tutorials
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Mackey, T. (2006). An Analysis of Usability Factors in Web-Based Multimedia (WBMM) Tutorials. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 606-612). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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The purpose of this article is to examine the usability factors of Web-based multimedia (WBMM) tutorials that were designed to enhance Web design instruction in a blended course. 41 students responded to an end-of-semester survey that addressed the design features of the tutorials. Data suggests that students responded well to the usability factors outlined in this study and that the tutorials helped to improve student learning. The highly favorably response to the tutorials coupled with student's perceived learning performance suggests that WBMM is a promising format to teach technology skills in blended learning environments. This study also indicates that while this form of online teaching does not necessarily replace face-to-face methods it may replace the need to email the instructor and to attend office hours for some students. The results of this study are portable to other educational settings that require Web design instruction or technology development.
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