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Evaluating the usability and suitability of mobile tagging media in educational settings in a developing country

King, Samuel and Audrey Mbogho (2009) Evaluating the usability and suitability of mobile tagging media in educational settings in a developing country. In Proceedings IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning, pages 230-234, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

Due to the portability, mobility as well as the significantly enhanced processing and computing capabilities of mobile phones, applications based on the use of mobile phones are increasingly being used in the learning environment. However, there have not been comprehensive studies of how accessible these phone-based educational applications are, or how easy it is for novice users to learn to use them. This paper presents a study that focuses on the evaluation of 2D visual tag (or barcode) systems for accessing digital library content. The study is designed to determine the ease with which novice users can learn to use a tag-based system, and the appropriateness of use of such systems in Africa. The results show that visual tag applications are appropriate for use in Africa, and are also easy to learn to operate. The study incorporates guidelines on how to further enhance the usability of visual tag-based systems. It is expected that these findings are applicable to developing countries in general.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Visual Tags, Mobile Learning, Image Inputs
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:576
Deposited By:Mbogho, Audrey J. W.
Deposited On:30 November 2009