Study of Human-technology Interaction in e-Learning Platforms Design: The Development of Accessible Interfaces

By Nuria Lloret Romero.

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The interaction in the e-learning platforms is vital for the possible users, in many cases the badly development of these platforms supports the abandonment of this studies. Starting off this hypothesis, we develop a study of evaluation of the interaction of e-learning platforms in European Universities and we study its degree of interaction with the user, also considers the level of accessibility developed according to W3C standards. The study considers the necessity to know the factors that repel in the interoperability and interaction of the e-learning platforms when they must fulfil the accessibility and standards, these influences in its design and development the system. For the accomplishment of this study we have analyzed platforms of diverse European Universities, from the point of view of the interaction of users by means of the design of interfaces and services of high level of interoperability of this selection obtained 10 platforms to analyze of deeper form. The methodology of the study forces us to make diverse types of evaluation of users as of design. Once analyzed this part of the project the analysis of accessibility of these platforms manual as much automatic was made to appreciate the implanted degree of accessibility. Until levels arrived within the service, that guidelines had been followed according to the W3C and that appreciation users with disability of these services perceived. The collected data of the study denote that in platforms of high degree of interaction and interoperability in many cases the application of accessibility criteria is reduced. We analyses the E-learning platforms and make the study of interactivity according to described guidelines in the study, analysis of users, and test of interoperatibility. Help menus and user-guides: website . Also we make the study of the accessibility standards, the evaluation of the use of the guidelines W3C, and we test by software the validation of the accessibility of these platforms. Implantation of e-learning platforms that interacts with the student and which they are accessible as well is almost nonexistent, interaction requires the designs of interface which hardly design , If they support standards W3C in levels 2 and 3 of complete form, in this cases in which it has been implanted is of partial form and almost exclusively for the static parts of sites, where is exclusively information for the user of the platform and not in the zones where they are applied to levels of continuous interaction teachers-student.

Keywords: Technologies for Human Use, Human-technology Interaction, Interfaces and Usability, Accesibility

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 631.055KB).

Dr. Nuria Lloret Romero

Head of Deparment, Dept of Audiovisual Communication, Information and History of Art., CALSI (Research Group Contents and Legal Issues in Information Society), Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Graduated by the University of Valencia. Master of Development of on line I.T. systems, supports CD ROM (MASDOC) distributed by the University of Barcelona. Thesis: Digital Libraries in elearning platforms, UPV. She worked like director of the R+D Projects Area and Information Systems of the Plastic Technological Institute. Department Manager DCADHA in the UPV in Computer Science Faculty distributing teaching on Planning of IS and Quality of Information services.. Expert in Evaluation of Projects of the European Union for the Information Society Program. President of FESABID (Spanish Federation of Associations of Specialists in Information) President from August of 1998 of the Hispano-American Caucus of IFLA. Member Executive Committee of EBLIDA (European Bureau of Information Systems) from 1999. Evaluator of the European Union for the Information Society Program.

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