Evaluating Usability Evaluation Methods: Criteria, Method and a Case Study

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-73105-4_63 In book: Human-Computer Interaction, Part I, HCII 2007, LNCS 4550, Publisher: Springer, Editors: J. Jacko, pp.569-578

ABSTRACT The paper proposes an approach to comparative usability evaluation that incorporates important relevant criteria identified
in previous work. It applies the proposed approach to a case study of a comparative evaluation of an academic website employing
four widely-used usability evaluation methods (UEMs): heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, think-aloud protocol and
co-discovery learning.

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