This week we will be examining and evaluating web sites in terms of “good” web design. You will apply your knowledge of good web design through the evaluation of five educational web sites. You will also work closely with your small group as you further discuss and explore the elements of good web design and together identify the critical components of web design. This week will provide you with a strong foundation in the elements of good web design from which you will be able to design and develop your educational web site. Afterwards, you will use this activity as you work with your group to develop a rubric for evaluating web sites in accordance to good web design. Each group will then share their rubric with the whole class for further discussion. The whole class will agree upon a final draft of the rubric which you will then use to evaluate two web sites.
In order to complete the assignments and to participate in your small group, you will need to carefully read and review all of the assigned readings first. You will need to cite the literature for this week so it is recommended that you take careful notes on the readings.
By the end of the week, you will be able to:
- Evaluate five educational web sites in accordance with the elements of good web design.
- Identify critical components of web design.
- Develop a rubric for evaluating web sites in accordance to the elements of good web design
- Required Text – Web Design in Nutshell (Robbins, 2006): Chapters 1-3
- Content or Graphics? An Empirical Analysis of Criteria for Award-Winning Websites
- Evaluating the Web
- An Evaluation of Jakob Nielsen’s Website Based on His Own Usability Recommendations
- Ten Good Deeds in Web Design, Society for Technical Information
- Evaluating web sites: Exploiting users’ expectations
- Web Design / HTML
- Good Deeds in Web Design
- A decade of Good Website Design
Evaluation of 5 Educational Websites | Due Sunday, February 5, 2012
Group Development of an Evaluation Rubric | Due Sunday, February 5, 2012