Accommodating special needs users in the evaluation of an m-Learning application: a case study

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Adult illiteracy rates are alarmingly high worldwide. The portability, affordability, and ease of use of mobile (or handheld) devices offer a realistic opportunity to provide novel, context-sensitive literacy resources to adults with limited literacy skills. To this end, we developed the concept of ALEX – a mobile Adult Literacy support application for EXperiential learning (Lumsden et al., 2005). On the basis of a medium-fidelity prototype of this application, we conducted an evaluation of ALEX using participants from our in tended user group. This evaluation had two goals: (a) to assess the usefulness of the ALEX concept and the usability of its current design; and (b) to reflect on the appropriateness of our evaluation process given the literacy-related needs of our participants. This paper outlines our approach to this evaluation as well as the results we obtained and our reflections on the process.

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Publication date2006
Publication title[Proceedings of the IADIS Mobile Learning Conference]
Pages177-184
Number of pages8
Original languageEnglish
EventIADIS’ International Conference Mobile Learning 2006 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 Jul 200616 Jul 2006

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ConferenceIADIS’ International Conference Mobile Learning 2006
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period14/07/0616/07/06

    Keywords

  • HCI, m-Learning, adult literacy, prototype evaluation, experiential learning

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