Eliciting specification for a web-based distance-learning system from lecturers and students in Malaysia

Salim, S.S. and Raja Zainal Abidin, R.N.A.Z. (2006) Eliciting specification for a web-based distance-learning system from lecturers and students in Malaysia. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 4 (1). pp. 56-66. ISSN 1347-9008,

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We have reviewed the existing web-based distance-learning systems and have performed a research survey among the undergraduate distance-learning students and lecturers of the Open University Malaysia (OUM). Here we report the findings that emerged from both investigations. The main focus was to elicit specifications for a web-based distance-learning system from the main users of a distance-learning program (i.e. the actual lecturers and students). The features compiled from the existing systems were used as a checklist for them to specify their needs and preferences of the features, at the same time giving them the opportunity to specify any other features that they required for a web-based distance-learning system. This revealed a list of required functions together with their preference ratings and a list of non-functional requirements, specified by the lecturers and students. The analysis of the investigations also discovered those features which were important to the students and lecturers but were not well supported by the existing systems. Research efforts towards implementing these less-supported features are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Web-based distance learning;
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Miss Nur Jannatul Adnin Ahmad Shafawi
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 01:33
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2013 01:33
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/4577

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