Examining user experience of eLearning systems implemented in two universities in Tanzania

Joel S. Mtebe (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 27 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the factors that influence user experience (UX) of eLearning systems implemented in two institutions in Tanzania.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted questionnaire consisting of Nielsen’s heuristics and didactic metrics as pragmatic metrics and hedonic metrics followed by focus group discussions with students.

Findings

The study found that the eLearning system of University of Dar es Salaam had 43 UX problems related to Nielsen’s heuristics and 54 UX problems related to didactic heuristics. The eLearning system of the Open University of Tanzania had 50 UX problems related to Nielsen’s heuristics and 59 UX problems related to didactic heuristics. Moreover, the two systems provided positive UX hedonic quality on identification and evocation dimensions while stimulation was perceived to be neutral.

Research limitations/implications

The study has used learners as evaluators rather than expert evaluators. Learners are not particularly experienced in the learning domain, and therefore, it is difficult for them to identify many didactic violations of the eLearning systems.

Originality/value

The study contributes toward finding the underlying factors for non-use or underuse of the installed eLearning systems in various universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Citation

Mtebe, J. (2019), "Examining user experience of eLearning systems implemented in two universities in Tanzania", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-05-2019-0025

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