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In distance education, students and teachers are at different
places and interact with each other with the help of different
technologies. Broadcast television, two-way video
conferencing, asynchronous learning mode, virtual learning
environment (VLE) and content based multimedia computer
based trainings (CB-MCBTs) are some of the technologies
used to provide distance education. Content Based Multimedia Computer Based Trainings (CB-MCBT) is a computerized learning environment.
The acceptance of computerized learning environment is
based on its usability. And usability in any computerized
learning environment is supportive to learners and it increases
their learning experiences of learners.
Authors of this research have evaluated usability of CBMCBTs,
specifically CB-MCBTs designed by AIOU.
Usability evaluation has been performed to find out usability
issues in CB-MCBTs, and figured out requirements of learners
regarding CB-MCBTs. To figure out usability issues in CBMCBTs
authors have used inquiry technique with focus group
Authors have proposed usability criteria to evaluate
usability of CB-MCBTs. Each element of proposed criteria is
based on principle of user interface design, and three main
usability aspects: effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction.
Development of CB-MCBTs in AIOU is nice and unique
effort in the field of computer based trainings. However if
these CB-MCBTs are designed to support distance education,
then AIOU should focus on the availability of CB-MCBTs to
the students, feedbacks within CB-MCBT and feedback from
university to students and completeness of these CB-MCBTs
regarding features and facilities required by the students.
This research also gives recommendation to AIOU for
improvements in CB-MCBTs. These recommendations are
helpful to fix usability issues in CB-MCBTs and to make these CB-MCBTs according to the requirements of learners.