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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Evaluate Internet Sites 101!
Submitted by: Amy Harris on May 16, 2007
Date Last Modified: May 16, 2007
Title: Website evaluation
Description: This tutorial establishes criteria for evaluating websites and provides examples for each criterion.
Type of Task: Group, Student-centered
Time Required 30 minutes
Topics: Research, web evaluation
Course: Courses that require a research paper, high school English classes, college English 101 classes
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Basic web searching skills
Learning Objectives: Students will learn how to evaluate websites and choose appropriate resources for their research assignments.
Text of Learning Exercise: After completing this tutorial individually, groups of 3-4 students will look at and evaluate two websites using the criteria set forth in the tutorial. They will then decide which, if any, of the websites they would include in a research paper. If time allows, groups could come together and discuss what they learned and what was surprising to them. Sample websites for evaluation: http://www.martinlutherking.org/ http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html http://www.dhmo.org/ http://www.sparky.org/news.html http://www.helmets.org/stats.htm http://deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu/ http://people.smu.edu/rhalperi/
Assessment: Students will provide thoughtful reasons to include or exclude a particular website from a research paper.
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