Using Learning Centers in Inclusion: A Usability Study of a Teacher Resource Website

Session Description
Inclusion learning ensures that each student is provided with a differentiated curriculum that assists them to achieve learning objectives. Learning centers geared toward providing students multiple means of learning content provides students with this type of differentiated instruction. As the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE), moves forward with implementing inclusion classrooms in public schools, educators need support in finding resources that will assist them in effectively providing an environment in which all students can achieve.

The purpose of this usability study was to create and evaluate the ease-of-use and navigation of the Learning Centers for Inclusion Teaching and Learning ( This website contains information and resources to support inclusive teaching and learning for K-5 teachers at Lihikai Elementary on Maui. The website was developed using Weebly, a cloud-based development platform. The design of the website was guided by the ARCS Model and the Gestalt’s Principles of Universal Design. The usability study recruited 9 participants who gauged the navigability of the website and the effectiveness of the content found on the website. Three rounds of usability testing were conducted and rated using Molich, Jeffries, and Dumas (2007) as well as measured the average task completion time by participants. Verbal feedback during the study and results collected via pre-surveys and post-surveys indicated positive user experiences including the application of the website as a tool for inclusive teaching and learning. The session will further discuss the approach to the usability study and the outcomes, which include methods, design strategies, study results, and lessons learned.

Tiana Guerrero
Tiana Guerrero, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, HI
Tiana Guerrero is a part-time teacher at Lihikai Elementary School and a second-year graduate student in the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Upon receiving a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from UHM in 2018, she began teaching at her alma mater, Lihikai Elementary, as a growth block teacher for students who need additional support in a variety of subject areas. She has been privileged to be working in her dream position as a teacher in the community that helped to grow her love for teaching and learning. To further support her community and the teachers at Lihikai, she created a website that provides the teachers with resources that will assist them in differentiating their instruction to meet the needs of all their learners.
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