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e-Textbook Selection Criteria

(for reference only)

 

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  Note:   The following criteria are based on the main points in the Guiding Principles for Quality Textbooks issued in 2016, which has been put on the webpage of the Textbook Information of Curriculum Development Institute at http://www.edb.gov.hk/textbook. Teachers can adapt the criteria where appropriate.  

 

    Comments

(I) Content

 

 

1.

Conformity / Alignment with the curriculum aims and objectives in the curriculum guide

 

2.

Effectiveness of content to meet curriculum requirements irrespective of supplementary materials

 

3.

Accuracy and relevancy of data / information

 

4.

Accuracy, clarity and development of concepts

 

5.

Balance of depth and breadth

 

6.

Appropriate level of difficulty

 

7.

Smooth interface between key stages of learning / year levels

 

8.

Presence of multiple perspectives

 

9.

Absence of biased information / discrimination

 

10.

Inclusion of suggested references to facilitate consolidation and self-directed learning

 

 

     

(II) Learning and teaching

   

11.

Development of generic skills

 

12.

Development of cognitive skills of all levels, especially higher-order thinking skills

 

13.

Fostering positive values and attitudes

 

14.

Catering for student diversity

 

15.

Inclusion of learning activities essential to achieving the learning targets

 

16.

Facilitating students to integrate / practise / apply new knowledge

 

17.

Motivating students’ learning

 

18.

Clarity of instructions

 

19.

Variety and purposefulness of learning activities

 

20.

Inclusion of appropriate activities to facilitate assessment for learning and assessment as learning

 

 

     

(III) Structure and Organisation

   

21.

Logical organisation of content

 

22.

Use of table of contents and titles / headings / outlines

 

23.

Appropriate use of overviews, summaries and a student’s guide to facilitate learning

 

 

     

(IV) Language

   

24.

Quality of texts in terms of level of difficulty and support for independent reading and construction of meaning by students

 

25.

Coherence of text

 

26.

Opportunities to make good use of language to study the subject

 

27.

Use of familiar and interesting language

 

28.

Accuracy of language used

 

29.

Provision of support for understanding and using subject-specific vocabulary and expressions

 

 

     

(V) Pedagogical Use of e-Features

   

30.

Effective use of e-features for learning, teaching and assessment activities

 

31.

Appropriate and effective interactive activities and multimedia content

 

32.

Appropriate amount and sequencing of multimedia content and interactive activities

 

33.

Operational design of multimedia and interactive activities

 

34.

Use of learning tools

 

35.

Selection of key topics, glossary and hypertexts

 

 

     

(VI) Technical and Functional Requirements

   

36.

The e-textbook is compatible with common computer devices as well as operating systems and can be used with free-of-charge contemporary browsers or readers

 

37.

Consistent and appropriate interface and functions for navigation and search; provision of table of contents, index, hypertext and keyword search function

 

38.

Consistent and intuitive operation design and content to fit into one page for easy reading; no extra plug-in installation is required for playing video and audio clips

 

39.

Provision of learning tools such as annotation, note-taking, bookmarking, highlighting tools, free online dictionary, etc

 

40.

Users can download appropriate content for offline reading with free-of-charge browsers or readers

 

41.

Other e-features of the e-textbook as listed by the publisher function properly

 

 

     

(VII) e-textbook Price

 

 

     

(VIII) Other Criteria (please specify)

 


 


 


 


(IX) Overall Comments (if any)

 


 


 


 


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e-Textbook Selection Criteria (June 2016)