Web Page Desired Characteristics Scoring Guide




NAME ___________________________________ WEB SITE ________________________________

Format is User Friendly: Clear scope, easy to understand and use, includes appropriate, clearly labeled links.
Purpose of site is obvious.
Structure is clear, intuitive.
Home page has a well-labeled table of contents.                                                                                                                             1 2 3 4 5
A consistent graphic helps with navigation.
Main path is clear (Next and Previous buttons, Start here if appropriate).
Shortcut buttons provide alternate routes.
Supporting pages link back to home page and/or original table of contents.
If a document is long, it has a table of contents with links to main sections, so you don't have to scroll through the whole document.
Useful content is not more than three clicks away from home page.
Links are accurately described and operate efficiently.
Page titles are meaningful and consistent with the words used to link to the page.
Site provides user support (author's email address).

Format is Courteous: Graphics are quickly downloaded and relevant, text is easy to read.
Background is subdued and coordinates with text colors and graphics.
Connection is fast; site is usually accessible.
Pages load quickly.                                                                                                                                                                         1 2 3 4 5
Pages display correctly.
Text is easy to read.
Background doesn't interfere with text.
Graphics and multimedia have a purpose, add to the instructional value.
Images and image links have alternate text links; the page makes sense without images.
Site uses thumbnails for large images and tells you how big the images are.
Site invites feedback and provides an e-mail address.

Format is Aesthetically Appealing: Attractive and creative use of color and graphics.
Creates good first impression.
Design is clean and uncluttered.                                                                                                                                                        1 2 3 4 5
Consistent design/style gives the site coherence.
Presentation is tasteful.
Site is engaging and makes you want to come back to it.
Colors do not clash.

Credibility of content: Information is accurate, complete and maintained
Point of view is clear.
Site exhibits care: correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.                                                                                                        1 2 3 4 5
You can easily identify the publisher (the server it resides on).
Author is identified.
You can contact the author or webmaster; an e-mail address, phone number and/or address is provided.
Information is current, timely.
    - Tells you when it was first published, including the year.
    - Tells you when it was last updated, and how often it will be.
    - Tells you what was updated.
Site is persistent. You're confident it will be there the next time you want to visit it.
What type of site is it? - commercial, school/university, government, listserv, personal page, nonprofit, other.
Appropriate copyright information is included.

Useful content: Content is meaningful, difficult to convey, and/or quintessential.
Provides a path for further study.
Makes judicious use of links; there aren't so many that you feel overburdened.
Links are valid.                                                                                                                                                                               1 2 3 4 5
Includes a bibliography if appropriate.
Content is unique, not available elsewhere.
Information is appropriate for the intended audience.

Rich content: Information is rich and likely to be revisited.
Interactivity adds to instructional value.
Information supports or enhances the curriculum.                                                                                                                            1 2 3 4 5
Linked information is relevant and authoritative or illustrative.
 

                                                                                                TOTAL: ________/30

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