Usability: an Approach to Assessing Open Source Elearning Courseware


  • Information Management, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysore 570006
  • Department of Studies in Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Manasagangothri, Mysore 570 006. Karnataka



Open Source Courseware, Web Usability, Reusability, Web-based Elearning, Evaluation


Open source movement plays a significant role in the development of Open Education Resources in higher education. Open source eLearning courseware (OSeLCW) is an initiative within this movement. Nowadays, many institutions particularly in developed and developing countries are involved in designing and developing web-based OSeLCW platforms in order to distribute their courses free of cost and to be accessed openly by users all over of the world. Usability is a key factor for the success of such web-based eLearning platforms. In the context of eLearning, the concept of Usability has two dimensions; Technical and Pedagogical. This paper concerns with technical usability of web-based OSeLCW platforms and presents specific evaluation tool in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of such promising e-learning environments.


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How to Cite

Ghalib, M. A. M., & Chandrashekara, M. (2010). Usability: an Approach to Assessing Open Source Elearning Courseware. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 47(5), 531–536.



Received 2013-12-30
Accepted 2013-12-30
Published 2010-09-10