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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

One of the current problems for Human-Computer Interaction is the limitation of methods to functionally evaluate usability in 3D virtual world applications. This paper describes a hybrid usability evaluation method which we use to conduct an expert review of the user interface of a 3D virtual world application in Second Life. With the walkthrough highlighting ‘in-world’ task-based problems and heuristics focusing on the user interface, the hybrid method was very effective in capturing usability problems. We therefore conclude that using a hybrid method for usability evaluation in 3D virtual world applications may be more effective than using a single-perspective method.

Keywords :

: Usability; Virtual Worlds; User Interface; Interaction

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