n South African Journal of Higher Education - An analysis of criteria for the evaluation of educational web sites

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article surveys criteria that have been published on the Web and proposes a set of criteria (toolbox) that can be used by teachers, students and researchers to evaluate Internet information sources. Many evaluators of Internet information resources rely on subjective values of style and "coolness", instead of focussing on information content, currency, compatibility, authority, ease of use, connectivity, etc. After assembling some 223 possible criteria and indicators of excellence, we re-work these to 59 indicators in seven categories. These are then compared against a number of acknowledged Internet evaluation sites and the most frequently used criteria are identified. Currency, graphic design and browsability emerge as the most highly rated aspects to consider when evaluating educational web sites.

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