Evaluation of e-Content

Academic year
Subject Area
Education Sciences
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

The recommended prerequisites are related to Research Methodology, particularly development of instruments of data collection and data analysis.

Teaching Methods

The lesson has two components, one theoretical essentially based on lectures and debates about the knowledge to acquire and a practical component that focuses on the analysis and evaluation of e-content, and usability tests.

Learning Outcomes

The student should:

The student should be able to:

- Characterize different types of e-contents, such as websites, games and multimedia content,

- Know web design principles;

- Know e-contents components;

- Know usability and accessibility principles;

- Understand the implications of the learning theory on the e-content structure;

- Analyse the adequacy of  e-contents to the target audience;

- Evaluate e-contents;

- Be able of designing and conducting a usability test.

Work Placement(s)



1. e-contents

1.1. Websites

1.2. Games

1.3 Multimedia Content

2. Components of  e-content

2.1. Interface

2.2. Structure

2.3. Interactivity

2.4. Technology environment

2.5. Underlying learning theory

3. Evaluation of usability

3.1. Usability and accessibility

3.2. Types of evaluators

3.3. Sample selection 

3.4. Planning the test session

3.5 Conducting the usability test

3.6. Data analysis

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment
Frequency: 40.0%
Project: 60.0%


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