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Web Projects: Evaluating the Draft2003-10-23 18:38:33

Evaluating the Draft2003-10-23 18:38:33

Some of the questions you will want to ask include:

  • Is the purpose of the site and the intended audience clear?
  • Does the site seem organized?
  • How easy is it to find things on the site?
  • What additional content or functionality would you like to see?

The checklist at the end of this chapter includes a helpful list of frequently overlooked elements of Web page design. It's useful to have a checklist on hand as you finalize your draft site.

In addition, it's always advisable to recruit individuals from outside the design and development team to evaluate your site.

We recommend selecting or adopting an existing Web site evaluation tool. There are many excellent examples available for free on the Web.

At the very least, make sure you arrange time for everyone participating to review each other's work. Consider giving a related assignment, such as practicing forming questions and asking for more information about what another student contributed to the site. If students are responsible for their own pages (as in the "modular" model discussed in the Models of Development section), you may want to have students sign up for e-mail and put their e-mail address on their pages so others can make comments.

It's quite likely that students will want to make changes, so be sure to build time for implementing those changes into your schedule. As one teacher points out, "once the site was up and the students were able to take a look at it, many wanted to make changes. Some did not like their photographs and planned to bring in a new one or they wanted to add captions to their pictures."

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Last Updated October 23, 2003