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Types of usability testing

There are different types of usability tests that you can use depending on your assessment purpose, whether you want to develop an instructional technology or evaluate an existing technology for adoption, expansion, or continuation.

  Assessment purpose
Usability tests Description Development Evaluation
Explorative

Used early in product development to assess the effectiveness and usability of a preliminary design or prototype, as well as users’ thought processes and conceptual understanding.

X

 

Assessment

Used midway in product development or as an overall usability test for technology evaluation.  Evaluates real-time trials of the technology to determine the satisfaction, effectiveness, and overall usability. 

X X
Comparative

Compares two or more instructional technology products or designs and distinguishes the strengths and weaknesses of each. 

X X

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