An Assessment of Culturally Appropriate Design: A Malaysian University Context


  • Shamsul Arrieya Ariffin Senior Lecturer
  • Azniah Azniah Ismail
  • Maizatul Hayati Yatim
  • Salman Firdaus Sidek



Usability, Mobile Learning, Culturally Appropriate Design


The growing popularity of mobile devices, together with the constant technological improvement of mobile websites and applications informed about the quality of the user interface design. However, the particularities of mobile devices require special attention in terms of their usability aspects, such as culture. Therefore, this study evaluated the use of culturally appropriate design guidelines for a mobile learning web site. The research methodology used comprised a survey from heuristic evaluation questionnaires with undergraduate students. This research captured the students’ experiences in using the MLearn website of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia.  From the study, the lowest ranking is realistic error management at 3.5, and the highest is suitable content for local culture at 4.6.  This study affirmed that general usability and cultural principles in design are important for a usable mobile learning website system in a local university context.




How to Cite

Ariffin, S. A., Azniah Ismail, A., Hayati Yatim, M., & Sidek, S. F. (2018). An Assessment of Culturally Appropriate Design: A Malaysian University Context. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 12(2), pp. 207–214.



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