Drug and alcohol information for PDHPE students

This guide takes you to key eresources, books and information about drugs and alcohol for PDHPE students.

Presentation

How is the information presented?

Design

Does the website take a long time to download? Is the information presented in a logical way? Is it easy to navigate around and go back? Is it easy to read? Are the graphics appropriate to the information presented? Do the graphics make it difficult to read or use the site?

Accessibility

Do you need to register? Registration may be acceptable if the information is not available on any other appropriate site. Are there any restrictions? For example copyright restrictions may not allow printing.

Links

Are the links working? Broken links can be a sign of a website that is not updated regularly. Are the external links appropriate to the requirements of the audience of the main website.

Searching

Is there an internal search mechanism? This is not always necessary, but might be required if the site includes a large amount of information. Does the search mechanism provide different searching options? Are the search results an appropriate response to the search query?

Layout

Is the layout consistent throughout? Is it easy to find information? Is there consistency in the use of colour, fonts, graphics, design and language?

Usability

Look for navigation aids, such as back buttons, home, previous page and search path. A site map or contents list can be useful. These features can improve usability depending on the size of the site.

Quality assurance criteria - things to note

  • the criteria are a guide only
  • not all criteria will be applicable to all websites
  • no checklist is foolproof
  • no website can replace the advice of a health care professional