Using The Internet Part 2 Evaluate

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Using The Internet Part 2 Evaluate

  1. 1. Taming the Beast Using the Internet Efficiently & Effectively
  2. 2. Bad Site! 2. Separating the wheat from the chaff
  3. 3. Bad Site! Believe it or not… This step is one of the keys to your entire academic career. Creative Commons Image by Luekk from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lenzkirch-Key.jpg Employers want to hire people with the ability to critically analyze information.
  4. 4. Authority Bias Currency Credibility Scope Bad Site! Evaluation Vocabulary Media Construct Creative Language Embedded
  5. 5. <ul><li>Five Core Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>All media messages are constructed . </li></ul><ul><li>Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Different people experience the same messages differently. </li></ul><ul><li>Media have embedded values and points of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Media messages are constructed to gain profit and/or power . </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Center for Media Literacy (CML). </li></ul>Bad Site! From the CML MediaLit Kit :
  6. 6. Bad Site! <ul><li>Who wrote this? Can you find the name of the author? </li></ul><ul><li>Does this author have AUTHORITY ? Are they BIASED ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who published this? Is the author alone or affiliated with a larger organization? What is the PURPOSE of that organization and this site? </li></ul><ul><li>When was this written? Does this information have CURRENCY ? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this information CREDIBLE ? Does it conform to what you already know? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the SCOPE of information offered? Is it general or in-depth? </li></ul>Key Questions
  7. 7. Bad Site! <ul><li>Content – words, vocabulary, images, multi-media </li></ul><ul><li>“ About ” page – self-description of publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Style – banner, colors, logo </li></ul><ul><li>Domain – http://www.igoldrush.com/alt_ext2.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Links – sites this page links to </li></ul><ul><li>Organization – navigation, labeling, sections </li></ul>Where to look for answers
  8. 8. Bad Site! Evaluate these sites with the criteria just discussed. Which would you use in an assignment about the dangers of smoking? The Challenge <ul><li>http://www.lung.ca/protect-protegez/tobacco-tabagisme/facts-faits/index_e.php </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.smokingsection.com/issues1.html#smoke </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bupa.co.uk/health_information/html/healthy_living/lifestyle/smoking/smoking_health.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/tobaccostatistics/a/tobaccofacts.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.davehitt.com/facts/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://myquitsmokingblog.com/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bad Site! http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html A comprehensive plan: http://www.library.american.edu/tutorial/index_4.html http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html Step-by-step evaluation resources:
  10. 10. … but it’s so cute! Even bad sites need a home. <ul><li>Sites which you deem to be </li></ul><ul><li>unauthoritative, </li></ul><ul><li>uncredible, </li></ul><ul><li>biased, or </li></ul><ul><li>lacking in currency </li></ul><ul><li>can still be used. </li></ul>However, your evaluation and reasons for inclusion should be explicitly stated ! Creative Commons image by Sannse from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pug_black_600.jpg
  11. 11. Go on to the next step: ASSESS
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