4 Criteria for Evaluating Digital Resources

The proliferation of digital resources means that there are many new tools available to use in the classroom. It also means that educators must evaluate them before using them.

Bull, Bull, and Dawson (1999) suggest four criteria for evaluating digital resources:

  • are they able to transform teaching;
  • are they able to withstand peer review;
  • do they have an internal champion committed to scholarship; and
  • are the resources provided related to the curriculum?

Rogers (2004) maintains that teachers have to consider the benefits, the “relative advantage,” of using technology and decide if the benefits are worthwhile. The Technology Integration Planning Model – TIP (Robyler, 2006) can help teachers, especially those new to technology, plan for effective classroom uses of technology.

4 thoughts on “4 Criteria for Evaluating Digital Resources

  1. Social software lets you curate content within your class. Rating, voting, liking content created by classmates is a form of peer review (IMO). The top-rated content “bubbles” up to the top.

    • Ah ha! Yes I see. This makes sense. I was thinking of the more formal “peer review” process of academics approving or disapproving different modes new social media technology. 🙂

      • I am doing reviews right now for a conference in the UK. The whole process is done online. You create a profile and tag your academic interests. The tags are used to assign papers for review.

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