Implementing learner‐centred design: The interplay between usability and instructional design practices

Panagiotis Zaharias (Department of Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76, Patission str., Athens 104 34, Greece)
Angeleiki Poulymenakou (Department of Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76, Patission str., Athens 104 34, Greece)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 1 May 2006

Abstract

New requirements for the design of interactive systems call for a human‐centred approach. Learner‐centred design has been considered as the equivalent of human (or user) centred design as it applies to the design and development of elearning systems and applications. E‐Learning is gaining momentum and the respective interest in design methods and practices for such systems is continuously increasing. Nevertheless it is not clear how learner‐centred design can be implemented in practice; questions, such as what are the processes included in learner‐centred design, what kind of activities should take place, how can existing human‐centred design methodologies be combined with instructional design methods and techniques, remain unanswered. This paper stresses the need for an effective integration between usability ‐ the ultimate goal for every human‐centred design effort ‐ and instructional design concepts, techniques and practices. It presents a case study where authors’ activities to design a web‐based training curriculum are described. Problems and challenges of applying human‐centred design and instructional design methods and techniques are discussed along with future research dimensions.

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Zaharias, P. and Poulymenakou, A. (2006), "Implementing learner‐centred design: The interplay between usability and instructional design practices", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 87-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650680000055

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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