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ERIC Number: ED444585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 7
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Designing the Next Generation of Tools Using an Open Systems Approach: A Usability Study.
Ahern, Terence C.; Jamison, Mark; Olivarez, Arturo
This paper reports on the results of a usability study that investigated the suitability of using an open systems approach for developing an online assessment application. Issues examined included ease of use, security, effectiveness, and ease of maintenance. Participants were 68 preservice teachers taking a technology integration course. Students were administered a Web-based demographics survey, followed by an exam of 25 multiple choice questions. Results indicate that an open systems approach was a feasible way to design instructional tools. Data encapsulation using XML (Extensible Markup Language) was easily created, maintained, and modified, allowing for a seamless interaction on the part of the faculty. The students reported in exit interviews that taking the exam was easy, and they liked the convenience of immediate scores. (Contains 11 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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