How to use the list for reviewing drafts of a colleague's work

Consider each question. Put an X in the right hand column if the item referred to needs attention or put a tilda (~) if it is basically OK but you had some reservations; otherwise, leave the space blank.

Under the t/s column:
A t indicates that the question is a purely technical one that should have a clear yes no answer.

Those designated s are questions that include a large subjective component and/or some higher order, integrative thinking*. In some cases they may require reference to academic or disciplinary norms with which only the instructor may be familiar at this stage. An important role of the instructor's review of the pages is to give feedback on this aspect.

Those designated ts involve consideration of one or two strictly technical components (which you may have to identify), and some limited higher order thinking or subjective judgment.
At the end of each table, there is a section for comments. When the checklist is being used to critique drafts of colleagues' work, this is place to elaborate on the items checked off in the table (if they need elaboration), and to provide constructive suggestions.

For most of the sections and tables, the objective is to give feedback on particular aspects of a Web page or site that need attention. It is suggested that the more general comments and feedback on the strong points of of the page or site be placed in the Comments section that follows the final checklist (Checklist for the Page or Site overall).

You can use a WYSIWYG editor such as Netscape Composer to fill it out, then send the HTML page as an attachment. It would probably be easiest to work from a paper copy initially, then fill out the form electronically (that is, unless you have a very large monitor or 2 monitors so you can view both the Web page and the checklist at the same time).

Using Netscape Composer
Option 1: Open Netscape, then open the critique page in Netscape in the usual way. Under File, choose Edit Page. This will open the page in a new window in Netscape Composer. Then you can fill in the form.

Option 2: Open Netscape Composer initially and then open the critique page directly in Netscape Composer.

With some versions of Netscape Composer, I have found that when a page is put into Netscape Composer using Option 1, it cannot be saved. However you can View Source Code and copy the code. So verify how Composer it is working soon after you begin, and save your work along the way.

*Critical Thinking: see definitions compiled by Barbara Fowler

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