Student perception of usability: a metric for evaluating the benefit when adapting e-learning to the needs of students with dyslexia

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  • Alwajh University College, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia


Usability is now widely recognised as a critical factor to the success of e-learning systems. A highly usable e-learning system increases students’ satisfaction and engagement, thereby enhancing learning performance. However, one challenge in e-learning is poor engagement arising from a “one-size-fits-all” approach that presents learning content and activities in the same way to all students. Each student has different characteristics and, therefore, the content should be sensitive to these differences. This study evaluated the students’ perceived level of usability of an e-learning system that matches content to reading skill levels of students with dyslexia. 41 students rated their perceived usability of an e-learning system using the System Usability Scale (SUS). Results indicated that when the e-learning system matches content to students’ skill level, students perceive greater usability than when the learning is not matched. There was also a moderate, positive correlation between perceived usability and learning gain when e-learning was matched to their skill level. Thus, students assessment of the usability of a system is affected by the degree to which it is suited to their needs. This may be reflected in increased engagement and is associated with higher learning gain.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021
EventCSEDU 2021: The 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 Apr 202125 Apr 2021
Conference number: 13

Publication series

PublisherSciTePress - Science and Technology Publications
ISSN (Electronic)2184-5026


ConferenceCSEDU 2021: The 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2021
CountryCzech Republic


  • e-Learning, Student Needs, Engagement, Perceived Usability, System Usability Scale, Dyslexia, Arabic, Skill Level