There is a wealth of information, tools and resources available to instructors in the web environment. These objects can range from systems in which students interact, to well developed simulation, or professionally created content. Web-based learning objects provide unique opportunities for students to engage with dynamic content in real-world scenarios. Instructors have a responsibility to protect students in the process of learning.
Full list of instructional technology criteria
- What is the intended use of the tool? (i.e. information distribution, learning activity, assessment)
- What functionality does the tool provide that is not already available at the University?
- Are there any similar tools already developed or licensed by the University?
- How can the effectiveness of the tool be evaluated?
- Is the tool subject-matter specific?
- What kind of support is available and what will the University be expected to provide?
- Are there any other uses outside of regular instruction?
- What is the cost structure?
- Are demos or pilots available?
- Is there an existing process for establishing a contract?
- How does this tool facilitate learning?
- How will instructors assess student activities on the tool?
- Does the tool support any kind of reporting or analytics? If so, what’s counted, how, and where is the info stored?
- Are the students’ identities associated with their activity or work?
- Are student identities available to anyone else besides the instructor? (i.e. classmates, other students, other instructors, staff)
- Does any communication take place within the tool? If so, how?
- Does any grading take place within the tool?
- Does the tool support grouping? If so, are the groups self-organized, instructor-created, both?
- Who owns the material that is stored within the tool (i.e. if I put data in the tool, do I give up ownership rights)?
- What will students need in order to access the tool?
- Does the tool provide accommodations for students with disabilities?
- How are rosters managed?
- How do scores get into the gradebook, if at all?
- What happens once a student is no longer a student in the course or at the University?
- How long can an instructor access records from past courses?
- Is this a website, app, desktop software, or self-hosted solution? (not mutually exclusive)
- Does the tool integrate with an LMS? If so, is any functionality lost or gained as a result?
- If direct LMS integration is not available, is any other integration possible? (i.e. authentication, roster synchronization)
- If this is a classroom-based tool, what infrastructure should be in place? (wireless network, power outlets, special equipment)
- If this is a web-based tool, what are the device and network requirements?
- What is the maximum number of simultaneous users? What is the maximum number of users (not necessarily simultaneous)?
- If applicable, are there any file restrictions? (movies, images, doc, pdfs, etc – also thinking google docs and open office)
- How long will the work be stored in the tool (i.e. one year after the course)
- How do you get stuff out (in addition to getting stuff in)
- How often are bug fixes and new features applied?
- When was the company established and when did the product launch?
- Is the company public or private?
- Does the company have any notable customers? (other UCs? other schools?)
- Who are their primary clients? (business, education, etc.)
- Does the company have any notable certifications or approvals? (i.e. Internet2)