To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

A sustainable quality assessment model for the information delivery in E-learning systems

Shahid Farid (Department of Computer Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan)
Rodina Ahmad (Department of Software Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Mujahid Alam (Informatics Complex (ICCC), Islamabad, Pakistan)
Atif Akbar (Department of Statistics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan)
Victor Chang (IBSS, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 19 February 2018

Downloads
1091

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to propose a sustainable quality assessment approach (model) for the e-learning systems keeping software perspective under consideration. E-learning is becoming mainstream due to its accessibility, state-of-the-art learning, training ease and cost effectiveness. However, the poor quality of e-learning systems is one of the major causes of several failures reported. Moreover, this arena lacks well-defined quality assessment measures. Hence, it is quite difficult to measure the overall quality of an e-learning system effectively.

Design/methodology/approach

A pragmatic mixed-model philosophy was adopted for this study. A systematic literature review was performed to identify existing e-learning quality models and frameworks. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with e-learning experts following empirical investigations to identify the crucial quality characteristics of e-learning systems. Various statistical tests like principal component analysis, logistic regression, chi-square and analysis of means were applied to analyze the empirical data. These led to an adequate set of quality indicators that can be used by higher education institutions to assure the quality of e-learning systems.

Findings

A sustainable quality assessment model for the information delivery in e-learning systems in software perspective has been proposed by exploring the state-of-the-art quality assessment/evaluation models and frameworks proposed for the e-learning systems. The proposed model can be used to assess and improve the process of information discovery and delivery of e-learning.

Originality/value

The results obtained led to conclude that very limited attention is given to the quality of e-learning tools despite the importance of quality and its effect on e-learning system adoption and promotion. Moreover, the identified models and frameworks do not adequately address quality of e-learning systems from a software perspective.

Keywords

Citation

Farid, S., Ahmad, R., Alam, M., Akbar, A. and Chang, V. (2018), "A sustainable quality assessment model for the information delivery in E-learning systems", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/IDD-11-2016-0047

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited