Karadeniz International Scientific Journal

This is an internationally refereed social science journal that is published every three months (quarterly) in electronic-based and print-based since 2009. The journal publishes four issues each year (March, June, September, and December).

The publication language of this journal is Turkish, English, or Russian.

This is an open-access journal. Therefore, all issues and articles published so far can be accessed free of charge from the journal's website.




Arif Cem TOPUZ

Video platforms are crucial resources for integrating visual and auditory stimuli into learning environments. The starting point of this research is to get the opinions of users on the usability of two of the most common used video platforms, which can sometimes be used as an educational tool and sometimes as an entertainment tool. Thus, this research aims to evaluate the usability level of YouTube and Dailymotion by participants with different demographic characteristics in terms of gender, age, education level, duration of internet use, tools used, and frequency of visiting platforms. This research has been designed in a mixed-method approach, data were collected from 217 participants, and the usability levels of video platforms were determined through the System Usability Scale. By placing additional questions on the scale, participants could express their demographic information and their views on YouTube and Dailymotion video platforms. ANOVA was used in the analysis of quantitative data and the content analysis method was used in the analysis of qualitative data. Thus, (1) the usability level of the video platforms was measured, (2) the differentiation status of the usability perceptions according to the demographic characteristics of the participants was questioned, and (3) participants' views on the usability of the video platforms were analyzed. Research findings have shown that while the participants in the study group found the usability level of the YouTube platform high, they found the usability level of the Dailymotion platform low. In addition, it has been concluded that the usability level differs according to gender and the frequency of visiting the video platforms. Then, the participants' views on usability were synthesized within the themes of (i) positive opinions, (ii) negative opinions, (iii) comparison opinions, and (iv) improvement suggestions. The conclusion part also includes various suggestions that can contribute to researchers and system developers for future studies.

Keywords: Usability, YouTube, Dailymotion, Distance Learning, Video Learning.


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