Evaluating apps

Evaluating apps (CRAPPIES)

How many of us happily use apps without thinking about their quality or relevance to our subjects? Often the main criteria are availability and price. Now there is a checklist to help you evaluate apps before you use them. It is called CRAPPIES! It is based on the CRAAP test for evaluating information, and has been modified for mobile apps.

  • C = Currency: How current is the app? When was it developed? When was it last updated?
  • R = Relevance: How relevant is it to your educational purpose or outcomes?
  • A = Authority: Who created the app? Who is the author, publisher or source? What is their background and expertise? 
  • P = Purpose: What was the purpose behind the development of the app? What is the purpose of the app? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • P = Privacy: Does the app have a privacy statement or setting? Does the app share information on social networks? Does it use location services?
  • I = Intuitive: Is it easy to use? Can you use it without instructions?
  • E= Easy: How easy is it to find the (needed) information?
  • S=Stable Interface: Does the app crash? How secure is it?

To help you use this framework, we have provided a checklist.

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SMILE - Evaluating Educational Apps (CRAPPIES) by Stefanie Havelka, Lehman College and Libguides at Emporia State University, modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseBased on a work at http://libguides.emporia.edu/content.php?pid=402897&sid=3712913.