User-driven Development of an Inquiry-Based Learning Platform: Qualitative Formative Evaluations in weSPOT

Michael A. Bedek, Olga Firssova, Eliza P. Stefanova, Fleur Prinsen, Foteini Chaimala
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This paper describes the formative evaluation activities that were designed and implemented during the development of the weSPOT  inquiry based learning platform. With the ambition to provide a platform that supports a broad range of inquiry activities in accordance with end-users needs, an agile software development approach was followed as a process of co-design between practitioners, researchers and developers. The paper focuses on the design of end-user centric evaluation activities for fully exploiting the potential of agile development. A detailed overview of several case studies is presented to demonstrate how implementing a continuous evaluation cycle allowed to pinpoint and help resolve arising issues in a process of collaboration between technology development and pedagogy.

keywords: Inquiry-based learning, Qualitative Evaluation, Cognitive Walkthrough, User-centric, weSPOT

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