This resource provides basic guidelines for those seeking to create multimedia deliverables.
Is the navigational scheme clear and easy to use? Are there appropriate breadcrumbs on secondary and tertiary pages? Too many menu options on the home page?
Is the font type and size appropriate for the audience and format? Is the font maximally legible? Avoidance of reverse type? Maximum contrast?
- Response time
Is the load time for page elements reasonable? Is there excessive latency associated with any objects, functions or transitions?
- Link design
Is there a discernable and user-friendly convention used to define links? Do links utilize pop-up or replacement windows where appropriate? Are there warnings (if appropriate) when leaving this site for an unrelated website?
- Controlled vocabulary
Does the navigation and copy utilize a cohesive terminology that is user friendly? Is the tone and complexity of the vocabulary appropriate for the intended audience?
- Error handling
How are broken links or other errors handled? Is there a specific error page with contact information?
Is this deliverable discoverable within OSU's web-based infrastructure? Keywords, external links to deliverable, etc.
Is deliverable compatible with IE, Firefox, Chrome? Different versions of IE?
- Mobile compatibility
If appropriate, does deliverable conform to mobile standards? If webpages are used, is there a mobile device detect?
- Proprietary file formats
Are there SWF or other file formats that would unduly limit user access to this deliverable? Transparent PNG files in IE?
3. Technical Considerations
Is the audio clear? Is the use of audio warranted? Is the audio file format appropriate for this context?
- Server-side speed
Is multimedia content streamed and buffered appropriately? Is the latency appropriate and has the speed been tested on slower bandwidth?
- Screen dimensions
Is the content sized appropriately if displayed in a browser window? When resized, does the layout retain its integrity?
- Video codecs
Was the appropriate video codec used? If using a video repository, was the appropriate repository used relative to audience needs?
Have security considerations been taken into account? If needed, is authentication in place to protect content?
4. Media Appropriateness
- Delivery relevance
Is this the best medium or delivery mechanism for this content? Would a less complex approach be as effective in achieving instructional objectives?
5. Instructional Goals
- Instructional context
Are the learning objectives built into the deliverable (explicit or implicit)?
Is the text tone, length, focus appropriate for the medium and complimentary to the learning objectives?
Is there cohesion between the different pages, modules or units of this deliverable? Are there points of connection between different elements?
- Ancillary resources
Are there appropriate job aids and learning resources provided where appropriate?
- Educational value
Is this deliverable educational? Do you feel the learner would learn something of value?
Is this deliverable sufficiently unique? Is there another product or resource that resembles this deliverable?
6. Development, Maintenance, Sustainability, and Longevity
- Platform type
Is the content housed in the appropriate platform type (open versus proprietary)
Is this content appropriately modularized? Can it be reused in other courses or learning environments if needed?
- Maintenance and updates
Who will maintain both the platform and the content over time? Is there a plan documenting this?
Is the deliverable tied to a content management system or proprietary platform that would not allow the content to be ported to a different location if needed?
- Future versions
Are there plans to scale or add features to this deliverable? If so, is this plan reasonable based on existing and/or future resources?
- Faculty involvement
How much of the development and maintenance work will be handled by faculty? Have the expectations been clarified and the project appropriately sized to accommodate this variable?
- Scope of project
How large is this project? Is the time needed to develop this deliverable commensurate with the outcomes and stakeholder expectations?
7. Aesthetics / Graphic Design
- Copy and graphic layout
Appropriate sizing of copy relative to the page size and layout. Appropriate use of graphics with attention to context and balance.
- Use of color
Intentional use of color with attention to complimentary color palettes. Where appropriate, using color to convey functions or features.
Avoidance of complexity, unless absolutely warranted.
8. Legal and Governance
Has the content (text and images) been copyright approved? Are there any copyright acknowledgements needed?
- Proprietary content
Is there any content in this deliverable that should not be accessible to a mass audience due to intellectual ownership issues or safety issues?
- 508 Compliance
Is the content accessible to vulnerable populations if this is an audience need? If Federally funded, is the deliverable compliant with any specific accessibility requirements.
Has appropriate branding been applied to the deliverable? Is it compliant with IMC requirements? Has Extension or program-specific branding been applied when appropriate?
Does the author understand who his/her stakeholders are for this deliverable and has a plan for approval been finalized?
Have credits and any needed attribution been added?