Value for Learning as a Measure of Educational Software Effectiveness
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Leacock, T.L. & Karpilovsky-Aharon, M. (2009). Value for Learning as a Measure of Educational Software Effectiveness. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 2823-2831). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2009
October 26, 2009
Theo Bastiaens, Jon Dron & Cindy Xin
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The use of educational software in formal learning contexts has become mainstream, yet there are still no clear methodologies for determining the value of such software to learners or of predicting whether learners will use the software effectively. This paper presents a conceptual overview of how several diverse fields of research can contribute to our theoretical understanding of what it means for educational technology to be both usable and useful. We draw on work in software usability and interaction design, which has already had significant impacts on the design of educational software. However, usability analyses fall far short of addressing questions of how software can support learning. If software is easy to use but does not add any value in helping the users to learn more effectively or more efficiently, it will not meet the goal of being educational software. In this paper, we look beyond ease of use to issues of Value for Learning (VfL).
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