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Designing for the User Experience in Learning Systems

  • Evangelos Kapros
  • Maria Koutsombogera

Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Evangelos Kapros, Maria Koutsombogera
    Pages 1-13
  3. Foundations, Frameworks, Principles

  4. Applications and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Pilar Orero, Irene Tor-Carroggio
      Pages 105-121 Open Access
    3. Vassilis Katsouros, Evita Fotinea, Renaat Frans, Erica Andreotti, Petros Stergiopoulos, Manolis Chaniotakis et al.
      Pages 123-154
    4. Mirjam Neelen, Evangelos Kapros, Eddie Walsh
      Pages 155-175
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-251

About this book


While the focus of the UX research and design discipline and the Learning Sciences and instructional design disciplines is often similar and almost always tangential, there seems to exist a gap, i.e. a lack of communication between the two fields. Not much has been said about how UX Design can work hand-in-hand with instructional design to advance learning. The goal of this book is to bridge this gap by presenting work that cuts through both fields. To illustrate this gap in more detail, we provide a combined view of UX Research and Design & Educational Technology. While the traditional view has perceived the Learning Experience Design as a field of Instructional Design, we will highlight its connection with UX, an aspect that has become increasingly relevant. 

Our focus on user experience research and design has a unique emphasis on the human learning experience: we strongly believe that in learning technology the technological part is only mediating the learning experience, and we do not focus on technological advancements per se, as we believe they are not the solution, in themselves, to the problems that education is facing. 

This book aims to lay out the challenges and opportunities in this field and highlight them through research presented in the various chapters. Thus, it presents a unique opportunity to represent areas of learning technology that go very far beyond the MOOC and the classroom technology. The book provides an outstanding overview and insights in the area and it aims to serve as a significant and valuable source for learning researchers and practitioners. 

The chapter "User requirements when designing learning e-content: interaction for all" is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Learning Technologies user experience collaborative learning interactive learning environments user-centred design human computer interaction

Editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Kapros
    • 1
  • Maria Koutsombogera
    • 2
  1. 1.Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity CollegeThe University of DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity CollegeThe University of DublinDublinIreland

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“This well-written work is clearly intended for professionals in the UX, design, and educational technology fields, as the writing explores related concepts in some depth. In an academic setting, this book would be most useful for graduate students and faculty who are familiar with these areas.” (E. Jeitner, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)