Gender-Based Perspectives of eLearning Systems: An Empirical Study of Social Sustainability

Alharthi, A, Spichkova, M, Hamilton, M and Alsanoosy, T 2018, 'Gender-Based Perspectives of eLearning Systems: An Empirical Study of Social Sustainability', in Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018), Lund, Sweden, 22-24 August 2018, pp. 1-12.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Gender-Based Perspectives of eLearning Systems: An Empirical Study of Social Sustainability
Author(s) Alharthi, A
Spichkova, M
Hamilton, M
Alsanoosy, T
Year 2018
Conference name ISD2018
Conference location Lund, Sweden
Conference dates 22-24 August 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018)
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Place of publication United States
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract Digital technologies have an increasing impact on our everyday life. A large impact of software engineering on society also means that socio-cultural factors are becoming crucial for software systems. The gender and cultural diversity have significant impact not only on the software development process but also on the overall sustainability of the software as well as on the society where the software is used. Thus, these diversity aspects should be analysed while developing a software system. This paper presents an empirical study that investigates the gender and cultural differences in needs and usage of system features. Our focus is on eLearning systems used in Australia and Saudi Arabia, but the results of the study might be expanded to other application domains. To explore the differences, we applied a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods on the data collected from 177 participants. The results demonstrated the cultural and gender diversity may have a significant impact on user needs and preferences.
Subjects Software Engineering
Information Systems Management
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Keyword(s) Social Sustainability
Requirements Engineering
Society
Gender
Culture
eLearning Systems
ISBN 9789177538769
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