Checklist: Universal Usability of Math Websites

This checklist can be used to assess the helpfulness of an online math resource. A resource does not need to address every item in the checklist to be useful.

Universal Usability Checklist for Web-based Learning Resources [PDF]. This print version has room for comments. (The checklist below is not clickable for filling out and submitting.)

Universal Usability Checklist for Web-based Learning Resources

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Math Language & Vocabulary

   

Definitions are located close to use of the word.

   

Definitions include both formal math language and everyday language.

   

Definitions include examples and graphics (pictures, diagrams, or drawings).

   

Definitions print when the page is printed.

   

Math language vocabulary is hyperlinked to a definition with an example that displays in the context of use such that the user does not need to leave and return to the page.

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Content Summaries

   

Content summaries (such as rules, solution steps, patterns) are displayed in a table or graphic image.

   

The design of the summary table or graphic image used to summarize content emphasizes the relationships between the concepts depicted.

   

Textual explanations of the summary table or graphic image are given to articulate the pattern, relationship, or comparison being described.

   

Each page offers basic concepts and math facts necessary for understanding the content.

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Examples

   

The site includes multiple examples of each concept.

   

The site points out non-examples or common errors: examples that describe related instances where the concept does not apply. The site also includes an explanation of why the concept does not apply.

   

Solutions to math problems are explained step-by-step, including steps that might seem obvious, such as concepts and math facts that have been taught in previous coursework.

   

Video explanations show the process of solving an example problem.

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Practice Exercises

   

Multiple types of practice exercises are offered with different levels of difficulty.

   

The instructions use language you can understand.

   

Help is available including basic concepts underlying the math concept being practiced, as well as any relevant rules or math facts.

   

Hints and error alerts are offered and include specific references to the numbers used in the problem being solved.

   

You can fix errors or change your answers any time.

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Information Design

   

Content is uncluttered. White space and multiple heading levels are used to visually connect related content.

   

Bulleted lists are used rather than long paragraphs of text (more than 3 sentences).

   

Math examples are displayed separately from textual explanations.

   

When color signifies meaning, a legend is provided to explain the meaning of each color.

   

Color is not the only method used to convey meaning.

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Navigation

   

There is a clear link back to the home page.

   

It is easy to tell where you are in the website.

   

You get what you expect when you click on links.

   

The text size can be increased using the browser menu item (located under ‘View’: Zoom or Text Size).

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Accessibility

   

The text is written in an understandable manner.

   

The site’s use of color does not prevent text from being readable.

   

The text size can be increased using the browser menu item (located under ‘View’: Zoom or Text Size).

   

Video and audio include transcripts.

   

Text summaries are provided for complex images, charts, and graphs.

   

The site passes accessibility validation at http://www.contentquality.com/  
(You can enter the web address of the site at this link and get an accessibility report.)