Evaluating Web 2.0 technologies

This week in our unit on Online Learning we are evaluating the use of online resources in our learning environment. I’ll use a rubric to display the evaluation of course content in Moodle.

The abundance of Web 2.0 tools available today is astounding, and can be overwhelming when attempting to evaluate and choose a resources for students to use to develop their learning. The collection here gives an indication of the sheer number of resources which are in operation and is constantly growing – and that is just collection of e-Learning applications.

We’ve been asked to choose 7 considerations to keep in mind when choosing and evaluating online resources, and to rank them in order of importance. The 7 considerations that I consider most important are (nominally in order of importance – after 1 and 2, the order can be interchangeable):

1. The resource performs reliably and safe for students to use
2. The resource provides timely and relevant feedback to students to help direct and motivate their learning
3. It challenges students’ current knowledge and skills and gives them valid choices
4. Activities are relevant to the students learning needs
5. Activities enable students to use a variety of learning styles
6. The resource is affordable, financially and in its time requirements for development and maintenance
7. Instructional design allows for students to progress at their own pace and choose their learning path

Below is an example of a simple rubric evaluating the effectiveness of course content placed on a Moodle website (http://rubistar.4teachers.org/)

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Multimedia Project : Evaluating Moodle course content


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Student Name:  ________________________________________

CATEGORY
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Organization
Content is well organized using headings to group related material.
Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed.
Content is logically organized for the most part.
There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.
Sources
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired format.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired format.
Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.
Very little or no source information was collected.
Permissions
All permissions to use graphics “borrowed” from web pages or
scanned from books have been requested, received, printed and saved for
future reference.
All permissions to use graphics “borrowed” from web pages or scanned from books have been requested and received.
Most permissions to use graphics “borrowed” from web pages or scanned from books have been requested and received.
Permissions were not requested for several graphics “borrowed” from web pages or scanned from books.
Content
Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.
Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.
Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.
Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.
Attractiveness
Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the presentation.
Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to presentation.
Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content.
Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentation content.
Date Created: Sep 05, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)

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One thought on “Evaluating Web 2.0 technologies”

  1. Hi Mike,
    I certainly agree with you that the abundance of Web 2.0 tools is amazing
    and can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing suitable applications and assessing them. There are great opportunities provided by digital tools and the role of technology will continue to increase in all aspects of daily life. I enjoyed looking at ‘the collection here’ web and the brain training games. eLearning combines the use of eletronic resources with a contemporary approach to learning and education is moving towards the digital global networked society. I believe modelling of good practice and sharing of digital resources will provide teachers with deeper insight and awareness when considering appropriate tools for educational use. Looking forward to read more of your thoughts.

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