Eliciting Specification for a Web-Based Distance-Learning System from Lecturers and Students in Malaysia
Siti Salwah Salim, Raja Noor Ainon Zabariah RAJA ZAINAL Abidin, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Asian Journal of Distance Education Volume 4, Number 1 ISSN 1347-9008
We have reviewed the existing web-based distance-learning systems and have performed a research survey among the undergraduate distance-learning students and lecturers of the Open Un ivers i ty Ma lays ia (OUM) . Here we repor t the f ind ings tha t emerged from bo th investigations. The main focus was to elicit specifications for a web-based distance-learning system from the main users of a distance-learning program (i.e. the actual lecturers and students). The features compiled from the existing systems were used as a checklist for them to specify their needs and preferences of the features, at the same time giving them the opportunity to specify any other features that they required for a web-based distance-learning system. This revealed a list of required functions together with their preference ratings and a list of non-functional requirements, specified by the lecturers and students. The analysis of the investigations also discovered those features which were important to the students and lecturers but were not well supported by the existing systems. Research efforts towards implementing these less-supported features are suggested.
Salim, S.S. & Abidin, R.N.A.Z.R.Z. Eliciting Specification for a Web-Based Distance-Learning System from Lecturers and Students in Malaysia. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 4(1), 56-66.