Web Application for the Teaching of Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System: Usability Measurement and Metrics

Luis Felipe Buitrago-Castro, Maria Bernarda Salazar-Sánchez, Alher Mauricio Hernández-Valdivieso

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Usability testing is a measure of quality in the area of technology tool development, which allows evaluating the response that a potential user has when facing the tool for the first time. This paper aim is to assess the usability of a web application about Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System developed for teaching-learning in programs offered in the area of Health Sciences by higher education institutions in Colombia. The usability test was conducted based on the MUSiC methodology, which evaluates the following attributes: effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction, ease of use, memorability, and errors. The instrument developed consisted of 26 questions divided into two categories: solving tasks (4 items) and level of satisfaction (22 items). The trial involved 43 volunteers (38% women, 62% men), including undergraduate students and professionals. The effectiveness of the tool in the different contexts of use proposed exceeded 70%, which is an excellent result for the first potential end-users - software interaction test. However, the satisfaction of the users on solving tasks suggests we include guide boxes in specific modules for facilitating more the development of some tasks (e.g., simulation). In summary, the results obtained show the anatomy and physiology web application can be used intuitively and efficiently, by the academic community related to health sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Computer Sciences in Engineering - 7th Workshop on Engineering Applications, WEA 2020, Proceedings
EditorsJuan Carlos Figueroa-García, Fabián Steven Garay-Rairán, Germán Jairo Hernández-Pérez, Yesid Díaz-Gutierrez
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030618339
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event7th Workshop on Engineering Applications, WEA 2020 - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 7 Oct 20209 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1274 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference7th Workshop on Engineering Applications, WEA 2020


  • Health education
  • Software applications
  • Usability test


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