A teaching/learning module for demonstrating how traditional print evaluation techniques can be adapted to the evaluation of Web pages. The module illustrates the application of evaluation techniques to Web pages by using actual web pages as examples. It provides participants with hands-on experience in evaluating Web pages, as well as links to additional Web evaluation sites and a bib of Web evaluation articles/books.
Type of Material:
The module provides a model that faculty can use to teach students how to evaluate the Web. Students can use it to teach themselves how to evaluate the Web.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
1- Provide materials to assist in teaching how to evaluate the informational content of Web resources. 2- Provide a bibliography of materials on applying critical thinking techniques to Web resources.
Target Student Population:
Students who wish to learn how to evaluate Web pages, and faculty who want to teach students how to evaluate Web pages.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The module breaks down Web pages into categories (advocacy, business/marketing, news, information and personal) and provides evaluation checklists for each. It also provides some "original teaching materials" for evaluating Web pages.
Dated material (1996 - 1999). The concept is sound regardless.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This module provides comprehensive instruction on how to evaluate a variety of types of Web sites. It provides links to many sites which can be used to discuss how to evaluate Web pages and provides examples of the various types of Web pages.
There is no real-life example--or "walk through"--of how to evaluate an actual Web page. It would be useful to have screen shots of selected Web pages, with superimposed annotations, to explain the various steps in the evaluation process.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Organization is excellent. Teachers nor students should have any difficulty with using the material or going from one section to the next.
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