Lapin yliopiston julkaisuja

Sarja A. Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis, A112


Learnability Makes Things Click. A grounded
theory approach to the software product evaluation.

Mika Laakkonen

Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 112

Laajuus: 325 p.
Julkaisuvuosi: 2006
ISBN: 952-484-065-0
Kieli: eng
Kustantaja: Lapland University Press / Lapin yliopistokustannus

The PhD thesis by Mika Laakkonen adds new knowledge to the software product evaluation process.

The concept of learnability is critically and comprehensively analysed base on the existing literature on learnability. The thesis argues the lack of precision in existing definitions and the limitations of current usability methods and "keep it simple" design principles. How are the computer software products "learned" by users?The theoretical model of learnability built in this study is one of the rare theoretical models in the field of usability. The model can be well implemented in the system development phases of industrial world. The new attributes of learnability presented in this study can provide a solution on how to proceed in the evaluation process of computer software products and how to add knowledge value also to the development phases of other products. The theoretical and practical findings of this thesis are interesting for national and international design management and usability research communities