The method originated from a PhD study where the main purpose was to develop a usability evaluation method as a quality evaluation method for e-learning courses. The method is based upon a conceptual framework that addresses the needs of users who are at the same time learners. Publications which describe the method and the work behind it are the following:

  • Zaharias, P. and Poulymenakou, A. (2009). Developing a usability evaluation method for e-learning applications: beyond functional usability. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction vol 25 (1), January 2009, 75 – 98.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10447310802546716
  • Zaharias, P. (2009). Comprehensive Usability Design in the context of e-Learning: A Framework augmenting 'traditional' usability constructs with instructional design and motivation to learn. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction vol 5 (4), 37-59.

http://www.igi-global.com/article/usability-context-learning/37464

  • Zaharias, P. (2006).A Usability Evaluation Method for e-learning: Focus on Motivation to Learn. Ιn Extended Abstracts of CHI 2006 - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1125451.1125738

  • Zaharias, P. (2004).Developing a Usability Evaluation Method for E-learning Applications: From Functional Usability to Motivation to Learn.

http://www.dmst.aueb.gr/Documents/PhD/Phd_thesis/Zaharias.pdf