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Selecting the Right Web Browser


Selecting the Right Web Browser

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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... More
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Material Type: Assessment Tool
Technical Format: PowerPoint
Date Added to MERLOT: February 26, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 23, 2012
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Submitter: Brian Jenks
Keywords: browser features, browser considerations, firefox, choosing a new browser, safari, chrome, web browser, internet explorer


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    Very good quality; in queue to be peer reviewed
    avg: 5 rating
  • User review 4.5 average rating
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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Created in PowerPoint 2007.  For Windows users unable to view this StAIR, install the PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft's download site, at this link: PowerPoint Viewer Download

Best viewed in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.  If downloaded, may need to press [F5] after launching it, to run in interactive slideshow mode.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Cecelia Green
3 years ago

Cecelia Green (Administrator)

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

Avatar for Bob Carl
4 years ago

Bob Carl (Student)

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

Avatar for Lisa Joseph
4 years ago

Lisa Joseph (Teacher (K-12))

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

Avatar for Elise Fiechtner
4 years ago

Elise Fiechtner (Teacher (K-12))

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