Educational WWW Sites Evaluation Instrument

Harmon & Reeves - Copyright 1998


Click here to download a Microsoft Word Rich Text Format (rtf) version of the Web Site Evaluation Instrument.

Directions: This instrument is meant to be used by teachers (preservice or inservice) to evaluate Web sites that they might use for teaching and learning purposes with their students. Read the questions and sub-questions carefully before reviewing a site. After spending time with the site, go back through each question and rate it using the five point scale. Sub-questions are intended to help in thinking about the major questions.

1. The information in this site is accurate.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the information appear consistent with what you already know about the topic?

b. Does the site provide evidence that it comes from reputable sources?

c. Does the site contain any obvious biases, or is it maintained by an organization likely to have strong biases?

d. Does the site contain advertising that might limit the nature of the content?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

2. The information in this site is current.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Is the information subject to change or is the content relatively stable?

b. If subject to change, when was the site last updated? Does the information appear up-to-date?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

3. The information in this site is sufficient in scope.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does this site contain sufficient breadth and depth of information related to your needs?

b. Does this site contain sufficient breadth and depth of information related to the topics it claims to cover?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2


Additional comments:

4. The level of information in this site is appropriate for my students.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the site contain information appropriate for your students with respect to their maturity?

b. Does the site contain information appropriate for your students with respect to their cognitive abilities?

c. Does the site contain information appropriate for your students with respect to their prior knowledge of the topic?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

5. The information in this site is presented clearly.

Sib-questions to ask yourself:

a. Is the information arranged in an orderly fashion?

b. Is the information presented clearly?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

6. Navigation in this site is user-friendly.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. How easy is it to find information in this site?

b. How easy is it to move around in this site without getting lost?

c. Does the site provide multiple ways of accessing the same information (e.g., does the site have a built-in search capability)?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

7. Media is integrated effectively in this site.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the site make good use of graphics? Audio? Animation? Video?

b. Is the media used effectively in conveying the content?

c. Is the information in the site enhanced by the media in it?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

8. This site provides maps that clarify the site contents.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the site provide a clear overview of what it does contain?

b. Is it obvious what the site does not contain?

c. Does the site contain a map or table of contents that allows you to see what you have seen and not seen?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

 

9. This site exemplifies good web design.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Is it obvious how to interact with this site?

b. If needed, does the site contain a useful help section?

c. Are all the possible interactions on a page obvious?

d. Is the page aesthetically appealing?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

 

10. This site is a reliable source of information.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. How often is the site down when you try to access it?

b. How long does it take for the pages of the site to come up at the time of day you most likely will use it?

c. Is the site likely to remain on the Web?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

 

11. The constraints of this site do not outweigh its value.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the site require extensions that must be downloaded and may present difficulties?

b. Does the site require one specific browser (e.g., Netscape Communicator or Internet Explorer)?

c. Does the site require hardware features that you may not have (e.g., sound card)?

d. Does the site contain features that require specific systems software (e.g., Windows '95)?

e. Are any fees associated with using the site?

f. If costs are involved, can site licenses be obtained?

 

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments:

 

 

12. This site protects the confidentiality of the user.

Sub-questions to ask yourself:

a. Does the site require you to submit information about yourself or your school before granting access? If so, what does it do with this information?

b. Does the site require "cookies" or other information about your system?

Not Applicable

N/A

Strongly Disagree

-2

Disagree

-1

Undecided

0

Agree

1

Strongly Agree

2

Additional comments: