In response to popular demand, the Bamboo DiRT board has begun working on adding a new "tool review" feature. Tool reviews will be more than just a comment: anyone can add them, much in the same way that you currently add tool listings to DiRT. Tool reviews will also have their own URL. Users will be able to see reviews listed on a tool's page, and will also be able to browse all reviews. We hope that this feature will be able to capture work that already goes on in classrooms, in a place where the entire community will benefit.
While we welcome reviews written for all purposes, at all levels, we're working on developing (or, preferably, finding and borrowing) some guidelines for excellent tool reviews. The DiRT board will serve as reviewers of reviews, and will recommend the best submissions for publication in appropriate partner journals (including DHCommons.)
We hope to get the review feature up and running in the next month, but we're looking for feedback, especially from people who assign tool reviews as part of their courses. What rubrics do you use for tool evaluations? What fields do we need to include as part of the review form in order to support the work your students produce?
Our current draft list of fields includes:
- Tool description
- Use cases
- Level of expertise required
- Ease of use
What are we missing? What shouldn't we include?