Module 14

Evaluation of Educational Software/Tools/Website

Development of formative evaluation criteria for educational software/websites/tools

Goals and Outcomes

Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • identify contexts for evaluating educational software
  • identify eight evaluation dimensions for multimedia learning resources
  • evaluate a multimedia learning object with a framework
  • create a multimedia evaluation rubric
  • identify evaluation dimensions for instructional mobile app.

Selected Readings

Required

  • Jones, A., Scanlona, E., Tosunoglu, C., Morris, E., Ross, S., Butcher, P., & Greenberg, J. (1999). Contexts for evaluating educational software. Interacting with Computers11, 499-516.
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  • Lee, C. & Cherner, T. S. (2015). A comprehensive evaluation rubric for assessing instructional apps. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 14, 21-53. Retrieved January 22, 2015 from http://www.jite.org/documents/Vol14/JITEV14ResearchP021-053Yuan0700.pdf.
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Recommended:

  • Winslow, J., Dickerson, J., & Lee, C. (2013). Evaluating multimedia. Applied Technologies for Teachers (pp. 251-264). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
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“To Do” List

Discussions

Evaluation Dimensions

Based upon module reading, identify 5 evaluation dimensions that are the most important factors for your subject area. Please elaborate your choices of evaluation dimensions.

Make your initial posts before 11:59 p.m. U.S. EST/EDT on Day 5 of this module. After making your initial postings, review at least two of your classmates’ postings and reply to their threads.Complete your replies before 11:59 p.m. U.S. EST/EDT on the next Monday.

Discussion postings should always be thoughtful and courteous and include some references or direct evidence from the module’s content, readings, or assignments to support your statements. In order to ensure that postings are appropriate in length and substance, please limit your initial postings to 100 – 200 words and each of your responses to 25 – 50 words.

Assignments

Annotated Bibliographies for Module 14

Please read the Annotated Bibliographies for Module Reading page for details about this assignment. 

Outcomes

After completing this assignment, you will be able to:

  • identify contexts for evaluating educational software
  • identify eight evaluation dimensions for multimedia learning resources
  • evaluate a multimedia learning object with a framework
  • create a multimedia evaluation rubric
  • identify evaluation dimensions for instructional mobile app.

Instructions

  1. Read all assigned reading carefully and thoroughly.
  2. Summarize the most important ideas and questions for ALL journal articles or book chapters covered in the week (including the one you find).
  3. For EACH journal article or book chapter, the summary should be between 150 – 300 words in length. This is not a reaction paper or an excerpt, but rather your synthesis of the main ideas and related questions. View an synthesis example at the Template page.
  4. Compose all of your annotated bibliographies in MS Word and check for spelling/grammatical errors.
  5. Post your synthesis text onto a Weebly page as online text (not file attachment) and label the page appropriately.

Submitting and Posting 

  1. To submit your work, copy and paste your synthesis text onto the corresponding link under Submissions inside Moodle before 11:59 p.m. U.S. EST/EDT on the following Monday.

Grading
Grades on the synthesis will be based on the requirement listed in the Annotated Bibliographies for Module Reading page. Read it carefully to get a sense of the instructor’s specific expectations.