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ERIC Number: ED454923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-18
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Analysis of ASSIST Navigability, Usability, and Content Using Student Focus Groups, Spring 2000. Final Report.
Taggart, Donna; Valenzuela, Yvonne; Sragovicz, Lisa
This report details a focus group's efforts to ascertain if the Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) implemented on the World Wide Web was easy for students to navigate and use. Another purpose of the analysis was to discover if the information contained within ASSIST was easily understood by community college students. ASSIST is a Web-based transfer planning tool that shows students courses they must complete at California community colleges so that they can successfully transfer to a California state university or University of California campus. Since its inception as a voluntary, pilot activity in 1985, ASSIST has grown substantially and has evolved into California's official repository of transfer and articulation information. A survey, an interactive packet, and focus group interviews were used to collect data regarding the usability/navigability and content of the ASSIST Web site, as well as on the format and content of articulation contained within the ASSIST database. Results indicated that first-time users had initial difficulty navigating the ASSIST Web site and locating the information they sought. But overall, students found the ASSIST Web site easy to manipulate, once they figured out how. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A