Contributions to Books:
L. Naber, M. Köhle:
in: "Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries",
Ever more lecturers find themselves forced to web-enhance their courses out of eco-nomic pressure or prestige. Universities trapped between rising student numbers and decreasing budgets are turning to e-learning as the one-stop solution, giving little concern for student or teacher needs.
An e-(nhanced) learning environment can only be successful if it fulfils students’ and lecturers’ needs alike. The student needs to be supported in various stages of learn-ing, whereas the lecturer can’t afford to spent more time on generating lecture support materials.
Investigation of lecturers’ and students’ requirements resulted in the concept and de-sign of e-ULE (e-Usable Learning Environment), a university level teaching and learning environment with a strong focus on usability. In order to ensure learning materials to be helpful for students in any learning situ-ation, from gaining an overview to providing reference, an equally usable authoring tool
is required: e -ULE’s authoring system is geared towards a typical lecturer, requiring no undue amount of IT or pedagogical skills, but offers support for the academic workflow by supporting tasks like literature research and integration, and collaborative editing in
large groups (e.g. together with students). As we follow a usability engineering aproach, any feature of the e -ULE learning environment will be derived from user requirements and usability tests. Central parts of the environment are currently built at a "proof of concept stage. In compliance with the meagre university budgets the system is open sourced and relies on several prominent open source projects.
Electronic version of the publication:
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