Project Title

Understanding Systems Usability and User Experience for Faculty Accessing Concept Inventories

Faculty Sponsor Name

Adriane Randolph

Additional Faculty

Kimberly Cortes, Chemistry and Biochemistry, klinenbe@kennesaw.edu

Part of directed study with no external participants

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Usability of web applications is something that researchers pour a lot of time in to understanding. The front end of a system must be designed to make it as intuitive as possible to understand what data the user needs to get and make it as easy as possible for them to retrieve it. The research I have conducted was inspired by these two main points and how to relate accessibility to concept inventories for faculty -- particularly in subjects of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and biology. There is no search repository that is currently standing that faculty can use to find research-based concept inventories. Hence, the main purpose for this research was to address how we can create a concept inventory that is tailored to the end user.

iMotions technology was used in the usability study to track eye movement, video, audio, and screen input, as well as an expressions analyzer for emotion. I gathered data from the user while they interacted with the current concept inventory called SCI Hub. With the information gained from the study, I will make enhancements to SCI Hub’s front-end user interface to better suit the needs of the end user. The end goal is to confidently establish a web application that addresses the natural human interaction with computers, the user’s experience, and finally the functionality and usability of the application.

Project Type

Poster

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Understanding Systems Usability and User Experience for Faculty Accessing Concept Inventories

Usability of web applications is something that researchers pour a lot of time in to understanding. The front end of a system must be designed to make it as intuitive as possible to understand what data the user needs to get and make it as easy as possible for them to retrieve it. The research I have conducted was inspired by these two main points and how to relate accessibility to concept inventories for faculty -- particularly in subjects of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and biology. There is no search repository that is currently standing that faculty can use to find research-based concept inventories. Hence, the main purpose for this research was to address how we can create a concept inventory that is tailored to the end user.

iMotions technology was used in the usability study to track eye movement, video, audio, and screen input, as well as an expressions analyzer for emotion. I gathered data from the user while they interacted with the current concept inventory called SCI Hub. With the information gained from the study, I will make enhancements to SCI Hub’s front-end user interface to better suit the needs of the end user. The end goal is to confidently establish a web application that addresses the natural human interaction with computers, the user’s experience, and finally the functionality and usability of the application.