Criteria 1: Access
– Is the tool accessible by Windows and Mac users?
– Is the tool / product of tool viewable in a variety of web browsers?
– Does the tool work well for those with dial-up connections?
– Does the tool provide options that support ADA compliance?
– Is the tool free?
– Will the tool be around for a while?
Criteria 2: Usability
– Do you have to create an account to use the tool?-
– Is the tool easy to use?
– Does the tool have a robust and easy to use Help section?
– Does anything have to be downloaded and installed on the computer to use the tool?
Criteria 3: Privacy & Intellectual Property
– Does the tool allow you to restrict access of your work/your students’ work?
– Does the tool protect your personal data (e.g. email address given when account created)?
– Does the tool allow you / your students to retain sole IP rights to the content you create?
– Does the tool allow you to determine the copyright status of the content you’ve created?
– Can you save a copy of the product to your desktop for archival purposes?
Criteria 4: Workload & Time Management
– Does the tool make it easy to track student work (for grading purposes)?
– Does the tool support private and public commenting (for individual and group feedback)?
– Does the tool provide for an RSS feed to track work via email or an RSS reader?
– Is it possible to embed the tool into the LCMS you’re using?
Criteria 5: Fun Factor
– Does the tool allow you to be creative during the learning process?
– Does the tool allow you to demonstrate creativity in the learning product?
– Does the tool provide opportunities for different types of interaction (visual, verbal, written)?
– Does the tool increase the perception of connectedness?
– Does the tool encourage collaboration?