But Can Users Find It? Investigating the Navigation Usability of a School Systems Information Website

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Website usability studies are a widely used procedure to assess a user-centered design by testing a website with its target audience. Usability studies provide a valuable insight into the thought process of website users, but due to the time and effort it takes to perform, usability tests are not pervasive in school-created websites. The usability study conducted for this paper was designed to investigate the navigation usability of a simulated, school-created systems information website designed for school teachers. The goal of the study was to create a more intuitive, user-friendly website that would be adopted by school faculty and staff. This usability study, which was held via Google+ Hangouts, and recorded with QuickTime, assessed participants’ perceptions of the website while completing specific tasks. Upon completing the study, participants filled out an attitudinal survey which assessed the scenarios in the study, as well as provided an additional method of voicing proposed improvements to the navigation of the website. The study, which was conducted in two rounds with a revision period between them, revealed navigational flaws in the designed website and provided guidance in improving the website for future users. Increased user ratings after evaluating initial user ratings and implementing suggested website improvements suggest that usability testing for school information websites can prove beneficial for its users.
  • Nicholas Alexander, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

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