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Evaluating Internet Resources

Evaluating Internet Resources
How do I evaluate the quality of websites? How can I teach students to evaluate websites? Where can I find checklists for evaluation? Evaluating Internet Resources There's lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. Read Evaluating Information: An Information Literacy Challenge by MaryAnn Fitzgerald. Do you believe everything you read? Look for what Wikipedia calls the "verifiability" of information. Read Wicked or Wonderful: Revisiting Wikipedia by Annette Lamb. Misleading Websites Some websites were designed to be intentionally misleading. Read How to Spot a Fake Website by Garen Arnold (2009). Use the following websites to explore the issue of Internet content. Fake news has become a popular form of satire. The Onion The Daily Show from Comedy Central Colbert Report from Comedy Central A few websites are addressing the issue of misleading information. Criteria for Evaluation Authority. Filtering Information

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation : 1. 2. 2. 1. INSTRUCTIONS for Truncating back a URL: In the top Location Box, delete the end characters of the URL stopping just before each / (leave the slash). Continue this process, one slash (/) at a time, until you reach the first single / which is preceded by the domain name portion. 3. Check the date on all the pages on the site. 3. 1. What kinds of publications or sites are they? Are they real? 3. Expect a journal article, newspaper article, and some other publications that are recent to come from the original publisher IF the publication is available on the web. Look at the bottom of such articles for copyright information or permissions to reproduce. 4. 1. a. Type or paste the URL into alexa.com's search box. b. 1. The pages listed all contain one or more links to the page you are looking for. If you find no links, try a shorter portion of the URL, stopping after each /. 2. 5. 1. 2. WHY? More About Evaluating Web Sources

To tackle the spread of misinformation online we must first understand it | Farida Vis Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify the main issues the world faces, and what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come from academia, industry, government, international organisations and wider civil society. The top three issues highlighted for 2014 concerned rising societal tensions in the Middle East and north Africa; widening income disparities; and persistent structural unemployment. False information and the news Within a number of professions – journalism being an obvious one – the spread and potential for reporting misinformation is a genuine concern. Near to the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, it is worth remembering that information posted on Reddit led to the New York Post printing images of two suspects on its front page, who ultimately had nothing to do with the bombings. Are internet users concerned?

Web Research Guide : Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites 1. Who wrote/published the information on the site? Because anyone can publish on the Web, it's important that you first identify the source—the author of the information on the site. Ask yourself: Who is the author/publisher? 2. The information you find on a Web site does not necessarily pass through the hands of editors, fact-checkers, or reviewers, so it's up to you to determine the value of the site's content and presentation. Content What is the site's purpose: to persuade, inform, or entertain? Navigation and Presentation Is the site well organized and easy to navigate? Continue

Computer Ethics Definition Ethics is a set of moral principles that govern the behavior of a group or individual. Therefore, computer ethics is set of moral principles that regulate the use of computers. Some common issues of computer ethics include intellectual property rights (such as copyrighted electronic content), privacy concerns, and how computers affect society. For example, while it is easy to duplicate copyrighted electronic (or digital) content, computer ethics would suggest that it is wrong to do so without the author's approval. As technology advances, computers continue to have a greater impact on society. Category: Technical Terms Evaluating Information: An Information Literacy Challenge Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, Department of Instructional Technology, University of Georgia The new Information Power contains information literacy standards that emphasize, among other skills, the ability to evaluate information. This skill is difficult and complex. Evaluation consists of a number of component processes, including metacognition, goals, personal disposition, signals (which initialize an evaluative episode), deliberation, and decision. Research shows that specific problems may occur during several of these components. Contextual factors, including environment, problem structure, and processing depth, impact evaluative processing as well. The Evaluation Process: Core Principles | Influences to Evaluation | Application | Implications for Future Research and Conclusion | Works Cited | Appendix: Related Links No one would argue that students need not learn to evaluate information. However, evaluation is an immensely difficult and complicated process. Disposition.

Food Standards Agency worker sacked over Facebook 'like' wins £30k | Daily Mail Online Alan Blue was sacked after he 'liked' a post apparently encouraging violenceHe also mistakenly typed 'i wish' rather than 'u wish' in response Probe claimed the posts were a ‘breach of trust’ and ‘not professional’Employment judge agrees with Mr Blue's assertion it was 'just banter' By Laura Cotton For The Scottish Daily Mail Published: 06:07 GMT, 25 September 2014 | Updated: 11:07 GMT, 25 September 2014 A father of four who was sacked over comments he made on Facebook has been awarded more than £30,000 at an employment tribunal. Alan Blue, 51, worked for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as a meat hygiene inspector at Wishaw Abattoir in Lanarkshire. But he lost his job on November 5 last year after he ‘liked’ a posting on the social media site that appeared to encourage violent behaviour towards the manager. Scroll down for video Mr Blue said: ‘I was at home watching the telly and went on to Facebook on my phone. He added: ‘I regret liking the comment because I never meant to harm anyone.’

Helpful Hints to Help You Evaluate the Credibility of Web Resources Anyone, in theory, can publish on the Web; therefore, it is imperative for users of the Web to develop a critical eye to evaluate the credibility of Internet information. Searching for sources on the WWW involves using a search engine, a directory, or some combination of these two. Because there is so much information on the Web, good and bad, finding what you want is not an exact science and can be time consuming. According to Nicholas C. Developing a keen sense of the credibility of sources, based on such clues as connection of author to the subject, audience, source of publication, and documentation of supporting evidence, can also help you evaluate print and other types of sources. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Here are some types of Web sites: Personal Home Pages - maintained by individuals. Web sites serve different purposes.

The Ethics of Computing - Free Analytics & Website Counter History How do you decide if something is morally right or wrong? People grow up with basic ethics instilled in them in that they understand when things are right and wrong, even if they ignore it. Is it possible for a computer to understand the difference between right and wrong? How can it learn to judge right and wrong when it has no intuition at all? Over the past 30 years, computers have become an integral part of life. Commandments Written by the Computer Ethics Institute: Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people. The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics are very similar to the Biblical commandments. Computer Ethics in Laymens Terms So what exactly do “computer ethics” refer to? Computer ethics encompasses business, speech privacy, criminality, privacy, and intellectual property issues. Laws, Rights and Privileges, and Further Resources

Teacher's Guide to Assessing Credibility of Online Resources Internet has definitely marked a revolution in the way human knowledge is being generated, shared, communicated, and stored. The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. With this abundance of online information comes the question of credibility. Some critics argue that a tsunami of hogwash has already rendered the Web useless. According to Dobson and Willinsky, to be information literate a person “ must be able to recognize when information is needed, and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information”. Throughout my work as a blogger, I discovered several techniques to assess the credibility of the online information and here are some of them : First ask the question who is the author? More resources :

Man Tells University He's Broken In And Stolen Five MacBooks, The Autotweet Reply Is Not Really Suitable.. Autotweets can, on some occasions, be pretty useful. Not in this case though. When one man, Brian Shelf, tweeted saying he'd got into Sheffield Hallam University, the student union's president replied congratulation him, and offering her help if needed. You Might Also Like..Man Tweets Obviously Fake A-Level Results, Universities Get Excited And Offer Him PlacesA-Level Results In Nine Refreshingly Alternative PicturesJumping Boys Holding Exam Results Really DO Exist - Here's The Proof However, he hadn't really got in. Oh.

10 tools to analyze your website Web analysis tools can be used to scrutinize various aspects of your site, in order to gather data for market research, and help to focus you on specific areas of the site. These tools might show you anything from traffic to age demographic, and are invaluable as a part of any Admin’s arsenal, especially since there are so many revolutionary ways nowadays to measure your site statistics, besides the traditional traffic numbers. The sites listed in this article are both free and paid-for, however offer a variety of different tools, some standard, some proprietary. Woorank The excellent Woorank provides an unparalleled service, with both it’s gorgeous interface, ease of use and sheer number of stats it gives you. What makes Woorank really special is its rating system, which it displays at the top of your stats page. Alexa For the demographic side of things, Alexa will tell you the age, education level, browsing location, gender and even whether they have children or not. Compete Piwik CrazyEgg

The Ultimate Guide to Ergonomics: 50 Tips & Tricks for Serious Students You might think that just because you’re still in college, you don’t have to worry about the physical stresses and strains that 8-plus-hour work days put on your body. But as a student, you put in a lot of hours studying and working, too. Besides getting regular exercise and trying to eat as healthfully as you can, you need to monitor your posture, especially at the computer and when you study. This is especially important for students enrolled in online graphic design programs or online IT programs as they will spend even more hours staring at the screen. Here are 50 tips and tricks for serious students. General Posture Make sure you adopt these good posture habits whether you’re sitting in the cafeteria or at your desk. Fill in the space between your back and the back of the chair: When sitting in a chair, sit straight so that the space between your lower back and the chair is no longer existent.Keep your tummy relaxed: Don’t contract all of your muscles when you sit down. Sleeping

Enhancing student employability through technology-supported assessment and feedback Effective use of technology across all aspects of assessment and feedback processes can help address these issues. Providing better management and analysis of course information Course information systems can help ensure appropriate linkage between work-related competences and assessment tasks. Manchester Metropolitan University has introduced an employability curriculum framework including a set of graduate outcomes which should be assessed in every programme and each unit (module) description at undergraduate level now indicates which of these outcomes is addressed in the unit. Tying the outcomes recognisably into each assessment strengthens the concept of employability in the curriculum and improves transparency and consistency as well as offering the potential to include better information for the Higher Education Achievement Report without extra work on the part of staff. For more on this topic read our detailed guide on managing course information. Simulating real work environments

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