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Usability of the University of Education, Winneba Website. August 28, 2012 . Presentation Outline. Introduction Website UEW Site How the University of Education, Winneba Site ranks Statement of the problem Purpose of the study Relevance of the study. Review of Literature

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presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Introduction
    • Website
    • UEW Site
    • How the University of Education, Winneba Site ranks
    • Statement of the problem
    • Purpose of the study
    • Relevance of the study
slide3

Review of Literature

    • Web design decisions
    • The web design teams
    • Usability of a website
  • Methodology
    • Population
    • Data collection
    • Items
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Recommendation
slide4

A website is a group of pages on the World Wide Web devoted to a topic or related topics or a connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarding a single entity, usually maintained by one person or an organization.

the university website
The University Website

www.uew.edu.gh

Designed in 2004 by a private company Vitalinfonet

the problem
The Problem
  • Challenges with people ability to locate an information or the other suggests:

there is a problem with its usability

research questions
Research Questions
  • how easily were patrons of the University site able to find their way around?
  • how long did it take for the site to load?
  • did the site treat users as unique individuals? and
  • at the end of using the site, were patrons persuaded to identify with the culture of UEW?
purpose of the study
Purpose of the Study
  • The purpose of the study is to determine how usable the university site is to its patrons
relevance of the study
Relevance of the study
  • It was hoped that the study will inform work at the web development unit to improve on the usability of the University of Education, Winneba website.
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The truth is that, “No one wants to create bad web design. However, a number of factors, from opinionated clients to aging technology, show why it can happen.”

( Smiley Cat, 2011).

slide22

Literature on decisions one need to make before designing a website and website usability were reviewed.

  • Good usability means:
    • Easy to learn
    • Efficient to use
    • Easy to remember
    • Error tolerant
    • Subjectively pleasing
methodology
Methodology
  • Population – all users of the University Site
  • Data Collection – Survey used to collect data
  • Instrument – a five (5pt) Likert scale questionnaire which scored as follows; strongly agree (5pts) agree (4pts) neutral (3pts) disagree (2pts) and strongly disagree (1pt) was used to collect views on positive statements on the website.
slide24

Items

  • The questionnaire items were grouped under four broad headings:
    • Ease-of-Navigation,
    • Speed,
    • Interactivity and Attitude
mean of individual items in themes
Mean of individual items in Themes

Theme 1: how easily were patrons of the University site able to

find their way around?

Mean = 2.9675

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Theme 4: at the end of using the site, were patrons persuaded to identify

with the culture of UEW?

Mean = 2.653

mean of means for items in broad themes
Mean of means for items in broad themes

Mean of Group Means

(3.0 + 3.0 + 2.0 + 3.0) / 4 = 2.75

conclusion1
Conclusion
  • Even though the University of Education, Winneba website seem to be doing well in recent ranking of institutional websites, a mean score of 2.75 from the survey on people perception of its usability suggests that, there is a gap between its strong showing on web-ranking results and end users ability to get what they want from it
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From Cats’ account on what can lead to a very bad website it is recommended that,

  • Graphic artists, editors and content creators be made to assist the webmaster in his work, some of whom should be posted to the satellite campuses of the University.
  • Additionally, the web-development unit should be equipped with computers, scanners, digital and video cameras for effective work.
  • Then the general University community should be involved in creating and editing of content to the site
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