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ERIC Number: ED427538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 19
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What Do You Mean by "User-Friendly"?: Pre-Service Teachers Evaluate Language Software.
Cheah, Yin Mee; Cheung, Wing Sum
A survey of 24 English-as-a-Second-Language teacher trainees in Singapore elicited their top five criteria for evaluating language-learning software and their interpretations and understanding of one criterion, "user-friendliness." It was found that in general, this was the first criterion listed for software evaluation; the others were, in descending order of mention, appropriateness, interest, use of animated graphics, educational value, quality of being fun to use, and relevant content. The most popular definitions for "user-friendly" included: simple to use or having simple instructions; having help easily available; ease of navigation; useful icons; and technical knowledge not required. The potential for ambiguity in use of the term is highlighted. It is noted that a majority of the respondents saw themselves as below-average in computer expertise and were concerned about the amount of time available for using technology in a highly-structured classroom and curriculum, and lack of technical support. Implications for policy and practice are examined briefly. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore