Material Detail

Selecting the Right Web Browser

Selecting the Right Web Browser

This Stand-Alone Instructional Resource (StAIR) is an interactive assessment designed to provide users with information and background on web browsers, so an informed decision can be made on the selection of a new browser.

General features of web browsers are presented, and their basic features.  Evaluation factors are explored and the top four browsers (in terms of popularity and use) are individually analyzed and compared.  Links to supporting information and helpful online utilities are also provided, and short quizzes assess the content that is learned.




More about this material


Log in to participate in the discussions or sign up if you are not already a MERLOT member.
Cecelia Green
Cecelia Green (Administrator)
5 years ago

I plan to use this in my next Introduction to the Internet class. This is a great tool to help students learn about browsers and how to select a browser to use on their computer. I generally spend time showing each browser but this will save me a lot of time. Lots of additional resources that explain Internet technology and terminology.

Technical Remarks:

Very professional. Everything in the presentation works well; the links work correctly and navigation user friendly.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Bob Carl
Bob Carl (Student)
6 years ago

I am not currently in a classroom, but if I were, this tutorial would be used! This tutorial is very thorough and professionally done. I think I may forward this on to my staff!

Technical Remarks:

This tutorial is very thorough and professionally done. All links work correctly and navigation is simple and to the point.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes
Lisa Joseph
Lisa Joseph (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

I really liked the appearance and flow of this StAIR resource. I think it is laid out clearly, attractively and is easy to use. I also like the narration audio, as I think the narration grabs the learners attention. It fits many UDL principles by incorporating interesting visuals, audio and learning resources. I found it instructional, as I have often wondered what the major differences were between the various web browsers. At no point did I feel confused about what to do. The links all worked well and I found the format to be clean and professional.

Technical Remarks:

Worked as intended.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 Minutes
Elise Fiechtner
Elise Fiechtner (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

I thought the structure of this resource was very well designed. Brian did a great job of teaching users how to actually navigate his resource. The learning goals and objectives were clearly spelled out right from the start, and learners knew not only what they would learn, but in what sequence they would learn the material. I also felt like the summaries at the bottoms of the pages were helpful in making sure I understood the goal of each individual page. The links and videos were also helpful in giving another avenue to access the information. These added links fell within the UDL principles and allowed the user to access the information in a different way and get clarification on terms or concepts that may be difficult to understand. As was the case with the clearly laid out objectives at the start of the lesson, I felt that it was extremely helpful to have those same goals re-stated at the end as a wrap up. Overall the design of this instructional resource was great and would be a meaningful learning tool.

Technical Remarks:

The resource worked really well and the icon guide at the start was very helpful for navigation.  The only problem was that it would not play in safari. When I clicked the link from my email on my mac it only opened the file in preview.  I may have my download preferences set  incorrectly, but it worked just fine on my pc.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes