Topic 3: Selection Criteria and Evaluation of Digital Resources

It is critical to carefully select and assess digital resources to use. It is, however, a very challenging task. Quality is a crucial consideration when selecting, acquiring, using, or sharing a digital educational resource. In order to define quality, it is essential to consider multiple variables, including the purpose of the resource, its context, and the way in which it is obtained (Morais, Miranda, & Alves, 2015).

The following criteria provided by Huang et. al., (2020c) can help you select and evaluate digital learning resources:

Licensing: Make sure you choose learning resources with an open license or an agreement approved by the creators/publishers, so that you can reuse and remix them legally in your teaching context.

Accuracy/quality of content: Make sure the content or the publisher is reliable by using reliable digital learning resources and platforms.

Interactivity: Select digital learning resources with interactive elements, which can increase student motivation and engagement. For example, a more active and engaged student can be achieved through interactive open textbooks, instead of simple document files such as PDFs.

Adaptability: Choose resources that can easily be adapted to your context. PowerPoint presentations, for example, they can be easily adapted.

Cultural relevance & sensitivity: Ensure that the digital learning resources you choose don’t contain offensive information about any race or culture.

Suitability of content: The digital learning resources should be relevant to learners’ learning objectives and content, as well as interesting and necessary to their learning.

Suitability of difficulty: It is important to keep the contents moderately difficult and scaled in order to avoid cognitive overload among students.

Suitability of structure: Structure the content in a concise and logical way, so students can understand it without feeling “confused”.

Suitability of the media: Present the media appropriately to prevent visual fatigue.

Suitability of resource organization: Organize different types of learning resources such as text, video, animation, virtual experiments, etc., in order so that the layout is clear and the content is appropriate, to avoid confusion.