What do we look for when evaluating e-learning assets to support student learning?
When trying to determine if an e-learning asset is appropriate for students, instructors tend to focus on content. Obviously the subject matter is a key element in considering the quality of a learning asset; however, because e-learning instruction is mediated via computers there are many more considerations. The following list of Good Practice questions are meant to help you determine whether a particular e-learning asset is of good quality for use by your students.
- Are the learning goals clearly stated?
- Is the content accurate?
- Does the content structure support the achievement of the learning goals?
- Is the language and style appropriate for the intended learners?
- Is there information about how to use the tutorial?
- Is there information about where to obtain help, if needed?
- Are the displays and presentation modes acceptable for the intended learners?
- Is the quality of the text, animation, graphics, etc. acceptable for the intended learners?
- Is the tutorial easy to navigate?
- Does the tutorial enable easy restarting and/or bookmarking?
- Is there enough learner interaction with the content to enable learners to achieve the learning goals identified?
- Is the assessment included at the right level?
- Is the learner feedback appropriate given the intended audience?
- Does the tutorial support mastery of the subject matter? If not, was it meant to?
- What type of learner data is retained? From the data that is retained, what information is made available to instructors and/or learners?
- Is the tutorial robust enough for adoption? (For testing robustness, you might want to discuss a testing protocol with your ICT support team so that they can perform this testing.)
Note that the above questions are ones you can pose when evaluating other types of e-learning assets such as simulations, drills, etc.
Next week I will address the design and use of drills/tests.