March 14, 2011
We are delighted that one of our former NCI research students; Sabine Moebs has been awarded a co-funded Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue to work with us here in NELL. This 2 year post-doc was submitted in partnership with, and is co-funded by our friends in Fluid Rock, an interactive web design and development agency based in the Digital Hub.
Sabine will be continuing her work on accesibility and flow experiences and looking at user experience across mulitple devices. Her research is titled; Accessibility-based Software Engineering Framework for User Experience across Mulitiple Devices.
She will start work in the lab and with Fluid Rock in July 2011.
We look forward to hearing more
December 15, 2010
Our study will then produce a report detailing students’ behaviour and guidelines on which teaching practices will improve the learners’ experience.
Our objectives are:
- To identify a list of most common tasks currently performed by students in VLEs.
- To conduct user study on NCI’s VLE (Moodle) including eye-tracking, usage observation and interview.
- To produce a report on students’ experience, highlighting usability issues and suggesting areas of improvement.
- To produce a booklet with instructional guidelines for lecturers on how to improve the use Moodle in their teaching practices.
- To conduct development workshops for NCI facutly to advise them on how to integrate recommendations into current learning and teaching practices.
- Through research and practitioner networks, make results of this study (lessons learned) available to other interested stakeholders, other HEA institutions, VLE and Moodle Learning and Teaching Networks.
This research is funded by NAIRTL and will run from Nov 2010 to June 2011
November 16, 2010
How long does your customer spend on your site before they leave? And what makes them bounce away…
A great defination from Enterprise Ireland Open Up on-line Resource;
‘Bounce rate’ is a term used when analysing the behaviour of website visitors. Your site’s bounce rate provides an assessment of how long web surfers stay on your site when visiting, so it’s a measure of whether users found what they were looking for on the site after they arrived or were interested enough to stay around and explore. A high bounce rate means that people who arrived at your site – perhaps via an ad or a search engine result – left almost immediately. If your bounce rate is consistently high, you will need to re-evaluate your webpages and see what can be done to improve the user experience – for example, making sure you have relevant content on the site.
Understand your user experience by getting IT tested… Then improve IT.
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September 14, 2010
- How do your customers feel about your website? Are you getting the right message across? Are you maximising sales?
- Have you developed a new application and would you like to know more about how real customers engage with it?
Would you like to find out? Then get IT tested, try usability testing with the National E-Learning Lab.
Usability measures the ease of use of a system or website and looks at whether intended users can carry out tasks successfully and efficiently. At NELL we can observe and analyse how real users use your system. We will then provide a detailed report on users’ experience, highlighting any areas for improvement.
AND you can apply to Enterprise Ireland for a 5,000 Innovation Voucher to undertake testing with NELL.
or email Abi on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01 4498 664 for more info.
July 19, 2010
Are you an experienced researcher in the area of technology enhanced learning/e-learning?
Would you like to develop your career through a 2 year Research Fellowship in the National College of Ireland?
P7: MARIE CURIE INTRA-EUROPEAN FELLOWSHIPS FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT (IEF) - (FP7-People-2010-IEF)
For more information on how to apply for this, check out the NCI Research website.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 17.00 Brussels time, 17 August 2010.
Improving the user experience in the National E-learning Lab (NELL):
NELL is a research facility specialising in usability testing for human computer interactions. We would like to hear from researchers who are interested in conducting research on how to improve the user experience in e-learning.
School of Computing
Adaptive e-Learning Systems, Quality of Experience, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, User Experience, Dialogue Systems, Blended Learning, Usability, Evaluation.
February 4, 2010
Flow- the Think Blog..News and ideas on user experience.. (UK)
Useit.com (US) – is this a blog? but have to mention Nielson!
To name but a few..
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January 8, 2010
Are we now doing research on animals?
While they were reading we tracked their gaze position and recorded their mouse & keyboard usage. We haven’t analysed the data in detail yet, but it looks very interesting so far. More details to be follow..
For more information, contact Stephan Weibelzahl:
T: 01 4498 579
From Jacob Neilson.. but we suspected as much already, didn’t we?
This and many other highly interesting and valuable usability tips came from Paddy Cosgrave in his ’4o Insights in 40 Seconds’ summary presentation of insights gained in the recent Dublin Web Summit. Other great usability tips from his summary:
- Users focus on faces but if the face is looking in a different direction than the user focus will be drawn from there
- Poor product information results in 8% of usability problems and 10% of user failure –Prioritizing Web Usability (Neilson)
- Whitespace between paragraphs and in the left and right margin increases comprehension by almost 20%
- Blue is best for links – Van Schaik & Ling
- The ideal search box is 27 Characters – Neilson
- 5 Users find 85% of problems – Alertbox Study
Watch Paddy’s full presentation on YouTube’
Actually it’s 55 seconds, but who’s counting … a great summary… Thanks Paddy!
October 5, 2009
Stephan and I are delighted to have been accepted to participate in a new European Funded Network of research and best practice; the COST Initiative.
The aim of the COST Initiative is to reduce the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.
Researchers from NELL will be joining the IC0904 Network called ‘Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation’. The Priniciple aim of this Action is to harmonise research and practice on design and evaluation methodologies for computing artefacts, across sectors and disciplines.
This Network currently has members from 20 other European countries and is growing.
We see participation in COST Network as exiting opportunity to share research and learn more about what other members in the network are currently investigating in the area of design and evaluation metrics of usability and user experience, particularly in e-learning applications.
We would also look at participation in the Network as opportunity to encourage mobility and exchange of research students, faculty and staff between different research centres and to collaborate on scientific research and publications.
The first meeting of the Management committee of this Network will meet in Nov 09, so watch this space…