The Virtual Classroom Award
is for teachers. It is designed to
highlight innovative websites that bring internet resources into the
philosophy classroom. We are looking for sites that serve as an
interactive tool for extending the educational process beyond the traditional
Is the content of your site relevant to the
subject or subjects of your courses? Are the various elements of your site connected? Do
they form distinctive themes? When students visit your site, are
the instructions clear on what they need to do? If your site covers
more than one course, can students find their way to relevant
sections? Are the
primary elements of your topics well emphasized and easy to find?
Depth of Coverage
Does your site include the basic
information for the course, such as the syllabus, course guidelines,
writing guidelines, contact information, office hours, course updates, etc.? Does
it introduce the
topic, then move into greater depth? Does your site provide more than
adequate resources for students who are already familiar with the
topic of your course? Does your site offer available resources
that go beyond what is covered in the classroom, such as links, book
suggestions and bibliographies?
Is your site interactive?
Does it offer students the chance for expression and feedback? Is
your email address readily available? Does your site include
interactive features such as a
discussion group or graffiti wall? Does your site invite students
to continue their learning outside the walls of the classroom?
Does your site work? Do the
pages load quickly? Are there broken links? Are your pages
compatible with the major, most popular browsers? If you have
browser specific elements in your HTML, do you have alternative routes
for other browsers? Do the scripts and forms work properly?
Design & Creativity
The Site needs to be well organized,
intuitive and easy to navigate. Can visitors always find their way
back to the home page, table of contents, or site index? Must
visitors continuously search for the navigational system? Must
they scroll down to find their way? Is there consistency between
the different pages?
The site should be reasonably pleasing to the eye
and easy to read. Will your visitors want to come back again? Do
your background images interfere with the text?
The site should download quickly. Do your pages generally take
more than 60 seconds to load at 28.8?
All the graphics should be working and related to the content of your
website. Do they reside on your own server? Did you make
most of them yourself? (of course there are exceptions)
There should be a minimum of hindrances to research. Do any of
your fancy Java scripts get in the way of research? Do the
dynamic features relate to the content of your site?
Grammar and spelling should be immaculate!
|If you believe your web site
satisfies the above conditions, please submit your site for review: