ERIC Number: ED464608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
A Practical Process for Reviewing and Selecting Educational Software. Technical Paper.
Foshay, Rob; Ahmed, Muhammad I.
This paper provides a balanced set of guidelines for reviewing educational software, and offers a simple and practical procedure that can be used to select software for instructional purposes. The procedure applies equally well to individual "titles" or to large-scale curriculum-based systems. It applies to software delivered on a CD-ROM, through a Local Area Network, or via the Internet (PLATO[R] provides all of these kinds of software and delivers via all these means). Using the procedure, the software's four subsystems--software, content, instructional, and instructional management and assessment--must first be examined. Then, additional quality criteria can be applied which are specific to each major type of software: drill-and-practice (and most tests); tutorial; simulation (and some assessments); reference/informational; and tool. A checklist is included which outlines a process involving five global judgments that should be made about any educational software product. (Contains 21 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Software Selection, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, Selection Tools
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.