A learner-centred approach for evaluating software tools

Mariana Lilley, Andrew Pyper, Xianhui Che, Wei Ji, Gani Nashi

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Much of online learning in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is mediated via Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Lean, Moodle and Sakai. However, it is important to note that learners' ecosystems also include a number of auxiliary applications, particularly when producing work. Examples of such auxiliary software tools include applications to produce video captures, applications to scan hand-written work into PDF format among others. Producing sound recommendations for learners about which software tool(s) to use to support their academic work, in ways that are relatively fast and inexpensive, is a non-trivial task. In this paper, we report on the use of a learner-centred approach based on the System Usability Scale (SUS) where eleven students participated in the evaluation of two auxiliary software tools. In addition to expanding on the theoretical foundation for this work, limitations and benefits of the approach are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2020
EditorsCarsten Busch, Martin Steinicke, Tilo Wendler
PublisherAcademic Conferences International (ACI)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764785
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
Event19th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2020 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 28 Oct 202030 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL
ISSN (Print)2048-8637
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8645


Conference19th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2020


  • E-learning
  • Evaluation
  • Learner-centred design
  • Students as partners
  • System usability scale


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