Assessing usability and fun in educational software

MacFarlane, Stuart, Sim, Gavin Robert orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9713-9388 and Horton, Matthew orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2932-2233 (2005) Assessing usability and fun in educational software. In: IDC '05 Proceedings of the 2005 conference on Interaction design and children. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, pp. 103-109. ISBN ISBN:1-59593-096-5

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1109540.1109554

Abstract

We describe an investigation into the relationship between usability and fun in educational software designed for children. Twenty-five children aged between 7 and 8 participated in the study. Several evaluation methods were used; some collected data from observers, and others collected reports from the users. Analysis showed that in both observational data, and user reports, ratings for fun and usability were correlated, but that there was no significant correlation between the observed data and the reported data. We discuss the possible reasons for these findings, and describe a method that was successful in eliciting opinions from young children about fun and usability.


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