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Web site evaluation

  1. 1. Evaluating Web Sites
  2. 3. Why Evaluate Websites? <ul><li>No one controls or verifies the majority of information posted on the internet! </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites have an editorial staff and resident experts, but many do not. </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites are not objective; many show bias. </li></ul><ul><li>Some use strongly opinionated language. </li></ul><ul><li>Some contain inaccurate information. </li></ul><ul><li>Some have misspellings or grammatical errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the information is not current. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Knowing What’s What & What’s Not <ul><li>Six Criteria for Evaluation : </li></ul><ul><li>Authority- Who wrote the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency- Is the information up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy- Does it contain mistakes? </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose- What is the motive of the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Use- Is it easy to use? </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage- How much information is given? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Understanding a Web Page Layout
  5. 6. Authority? <ul><li>Is the author’s name evident? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the author qualified? </li></ul><ul><li>What it the author’s educational background? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the sponsor? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a link to author information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there contact information for the author? </li></ul>
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  7. 8. Currency? <ul><li>Is a date clearly displayed? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information seem current? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the page last revised? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the copyright date? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the content require routine revision? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the links on the site still work? </li></ul>
  8. 9. Look at the Websites below and answer the following: <ul><li>www.globeandmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.cnn.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.cbc.com </li></ul><ul><li>How current or up-to-date is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter if the content is updated often? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an easy way to tell when it was last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>What exactly does “update” mean? </li></ul>
  9. 10. Accuracy <ul><li>Are there any misspelled words? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you notice grammatical errors? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an editor? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information seem complete? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information organized? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the background of the author point to his knowledge of the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author cite his sources of information? </li></ul>
  10. 11. PURPOSE <ul><li>Is the purpose of the site to sell things? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it try to entertain you? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it promote certain ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it provide useful information? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it have a dual purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose should be clear. </li></ul><ul><li>The content should reflect the purpose. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Infomercials: <ul><li>Some Web sites claim to provide education and information for children but they also focus on selling a product: </li></ul><ul><li>www.kelloggs.com www.colgate.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.disney.go.com </li></ul><ul><li>How much is information? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is advertising? </li></ul><ul><li>Is any personal information requested? </li></ul>
  12. 13. URL Clues to the Purpose <ul><li>.org= non-profit organization * </li></ul><ul><li>.gov= government (state, local, federal) </li></ul><ul><li>.com= commercial site * </li></ul><ul><li>.edu= educational (school or college) </li></ul><ul><li>.biz= business </li></ul><ul><li>.pro= professional </li></ul><ul><li>.net= personal page from private provider * </li></ul><ul><li>.info= informational </li></ul><ul><li>.name/~name= individual </li></ul><ul><li>*Now, anyone can apply for & use these letters! </li></ul>
  13. 14. URL Explained <ul><li>www.media-awareness.ca/english/tools/site_directory </li></ul><ul><li>www= world wide web </li></ul><ul><li>Media-awareness.ca= domain name </li></ul><ul><li>English/tools/site_directory=directories & subdirectories leading you to this page. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Objectivity <ul><li>Is there anything controversial about the subject matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it contain convincing language? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it use games, giveaways or gimmicks to persuade? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the language extreme or emotional? </li></ul><ul><li>Answering yes to these questions indicates that the site promotes bias & prejudice. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.navs.org </li></ul>
  15. 16. Ease of Use <ul><li>Does the website load quickly? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the links work? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the graphics useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a search function? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it well organized? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it too advanced or too basic? </li></ul><ul><li>No fees or personal information should be required. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Coverage <ul><li>Does it cover the topic appropriately? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information current & accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there links to additional information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information suited to the intended audience? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the site offer more than one viewpoint? </li></ul>
  17. 18. Qualities of a Good Website: <ul><li>The information on the site should be easy to find and use. </li></ul><ul><li>The site design should be appealing and appropriate for its intended audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Users should be able to get around easily. </li></ul><ul><li>The page should load in a reasonable time. </li></ul><ul><li>There should be no charges or required personal information to use the site. </li></ul><ul><li>The site should be consistently available. </li></ul><ul><li>The text should be easy to read. </li></ul>
  18. 19. More Qualities of a Good Website <ul><li>There should be enough information to make visiting the site worthwhile. </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and grammar should be correct. </li></ul><ul><li>The information should be current. </li></ul><ul><li>A search function should be provided for sites with a lot of information. </li></ul><ul><li>Links to more information should be provided. </li></ul><ul><li>The viewpoint should be unbiased. </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics should support the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Author or sponsor of the site should be stated. </li></ul><ul><li>The site’s purpose should be clear. </li></ul>

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