SIMMONS, P. and BADNI, K., 2007. A review of the literature concerning website effectiveness: before, during and after use. IN: E-learning in Science and Design and Technology : Proceedings of IDATER on-line conference 2005 - 2006. Loughborough : Loughborough University, pp. 47-61
principles into design and technology education. This paper describes current
sustainable design initiatives in education which aim to achieve this integration of
sustainability principles. Despite large investment into information communication tools
such as websites, the impact that these websites have within education is rarely
assessed. This paper outlines the key areas of the broad topic of ‘website effectiveness’
according to literature in this area. It also investigates the comprehension of website
effectiveness within this context, and identifies three distinct phases of effectiveness:
before use, during use and after use. The paper uncovers gaps in the research in two
areas; primarily a need for further research concerning influence after a website has
been used and requirements for ensuring a wide knowledge of the websites existence.
The paper also discovers some conflicting ideas of importance between a websites’
usability and likeability.