What Attributes Make Web-based Content Educational?

The Knovation Content Team asks this question daily as we rigorously evaluate exemplary web-based resources that can potentially be used during daily instruction, teacher planning and professional development. We answer that question through the lens of a Knovation quality content rubric. Each resource is evaluated against five instructional categories: Degree of Alignment to the Standards, Alignment to Daily Instruction, Cognitive Effectiveness / Deeper Knowledge, Quality of Instructional & Practice Exercises, and Structure.


In a recent national survey conducted by Knovation, we asked educators and education administrators across the United States to rank a set of attributes with regard to rigor and quality, along with the attributes that are most important to them as they purchase and use digital resources for daily instruction. The results below confirm that the attributes that are most important to educators and education administrators tightly aligned to the Knovation content quality rubric attributes.


Degree of Alignment to Standards – The respondents ranked this as the most important attribute when they are organizing learning resources and aligning them to district curriculum


Alignment to Daily InstructionEducators want digital resources that 1) Are in a format that makes it easy for teachers to implement in daily instruction and 2) Have a clearly defined instructional purpose


Cognitive Effectiveness / Deeper Knowledge – Educators responded that effective digital resources 1) Have clearly defined instructional purpose and 2) Have varied depth of knowledge levels (from recall to extended thinking)


Quality of Instructional & Practice Exercises – The survey respondents stated that quality and rigorous digital resources 1) Include multiple strategies to meet student learning styles 2) Provides learner differentiation (based on learner characteristics) and 3) Include opportunities for remediation for students who are struggling


Structure – It’s important to educators that digital resourcesprovide instructional differentiation (based on the way the material is presented, instructional style)


How Do You Evaluate Digital Content?

What are the attributes that are most important to you when purchasing and organizing digital resources to be used in daily instruction? How do you determine what makes a website a good educational resource that will meet all of your instructional needs?

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