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UML-ITS Usability Evaluation of Intelligent Tutoring System


Sehrish Abrejo, Amber Baig, Mutee U Rahman, and Adnan Asghar Ali


Vol. 23  No. 3  pp. 123-129


The most effective tutoring method is one-on-one, face-to-face in-person human tutoring. However, due to the limited availability of human tutors, computer-based alternatives have been developed. These software based alternatives are called Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) which are used to tutor students in different domains. Although ITS performance is inferior to that of human teachers, the field is growing and has recently become very popular. User interfaces play key role in usability perspective of ITS. Even though ITS research has advanced, the majority of the work has concentrated on learning sciences while mostly disregarding user interfaces. Because of this, the present ITS includes effective learning modules but a less effective interface design. Usability is one approach to gauge a software's performance, while ""ease of use"" is one way to assess a software's quality. This paper measures the usability effectiveness of an ITS which is designed to teach Object-Oriented (OO) analysis and design concepts using Unified Modeling Language (UML). Computer Supported Usability Questionnaire (CSUQ) survey was conducted for usability evaluation of UML-ITS. According to participants’ responses to the system’s usability survey, all responses lie between 1 to 3 scale points which indicate that the participants were satisfied and comfortable with most of the system’s interface features.


Intelligent Tutoring System, Usability Evaluation, Computer System Usability Questionnaire.