Webquest Evaluating online materials
for your class
Designing materials for your English
learners is part of most teachers’ responsibilities. Today, you have many
resources to help you with this activity:
and learner websites
However, not everything you find in
these resources is appropriate for your learners. To be able to decide what is
best for your learners you will need to consider some asessment criteria. In
this Webquest, you will familiarize with different online materials as well as
with criteria to evaluate them and decide which the best options for your
You will visit some websites related
to criteria people should consider when evaluating online materials for their
With your partners, you will
construct a checklist that you could use when assessing online materials for your
Using agreed criteria you will visit
some online websites resources and assess the value of the resource for your
Finally, you will report to your
peers the results of your search. In small groups you will summarize your
results in a format that helps other teachers in your institution decide if a
given online resource is appropriate for their learners.
For this activity, you
will be working in pairs. Read the articles on criteria to evaluate online
materials and make a flow chart to summarize the
most important information.
There will be 2 groups.
Each group will read the links assigned. When the time is up, you will have the
opportunity to share with another group to complement your own information.
After sharing with another group, go
back to your initial pair and design a simple and useful checklist that English
Teachers at your institutions may use to assess online resources.
For an example click here:
Once you had designed your checklist
you need to test it for validity and reliability purposes.
In the same pair, go the websites
assigned to you and using your checklist decide if the suggested pages are
appropriate for a chosen group of learners.
answer the following questions based on your visit:
What do the pages have
- What makes them
- Which did you like
better? Which features in this web did you find particularly helpful? Why?
- Do you think you can
use these with your students to help them develop their reading/writing
Once you have finished the review,
prepare a 2 slide PowerPoint presentation recommending or discouraging your
fellow teachers to use these pages. Refer back to the checklist you designed
To evaluate your work, the following
criteria will be used
A suitable representation
A clear and detailed representation of the articles
A clear and
A suitable list of
A clear and
A clear and
Superficial with no
Suitable with relevant information and visuals
Clear and explicit.
Clear and visually
Congratulations! You have completed
this Webquest on evaluating
online materials for your class. I hope you have accomplished the following:
clearer idea of the criteria that we as teachers need to use in order to
select online materials for our EFL students.
to explore online resources as an option to provide materials for your
to explore Webquest as an option to design learners centered tasks for