I totally agree on the point made in the Module notes that website evaluation starts with students needs, and not with websites. With so much information readily available in the WWW, it is important for TL to teach website evaluation skills to our students so that they will be discerning information navigators.

There are many YouTube videos made for the topic of Website evaluation. One of which is as given below.

Another useful teaching YouTube video for students to learn on the topic of website evaluation.

ACTIVITY 1: Website Evaluation Criteria

Go to the Cyberguide Ratings and evaluate this tool as a guide to assessing the educational value of a site.

  1. Does this list cover all the criteria that you might apply?

I find the list to be comprehensive and would rate it 7 out of 10.

Please see italized text below for my evaluation, comments and recommendations for the Cyberguide Ratings as a guide to assessing the educational value of a website. 

2. Information Providers (Authors)
A. The author(s) of the material on the site is clearly identified.
B. Information about the author(s) is available.
C. According to the info given, author(s) appears qualified to present information on this topic.
D. The sponsor of the site is clearly identified.
E. A contact person or address is available so the user can ask questions or verify information.
Criteria 2 is comprehensive in evaluating the reliability of the site especially wrt information on the author. Very useful to check on reliability of information on the site.

3. Information Currency
A. Latest revision date is provided. Date last revised
B. Latest revision date is appropriate to material.
C. Content is updated frequently.
D. Links to other sites are current and working properly.
The above items A-D show reliability of information as it evaluates the currency of the site information.

4. Information Quality
A. The purpose of this site is clear: business/commercial – entertainment – informational -news – personal page – persuasion  (clear purpose)
B. The content achieves this intended purpose effectively. (meet purpose effectively)
C. The content appears to be complete (no “under construction” signs, for example)
D. The content of this site is well organized.
E. The information in this site is easy to understand. (language level)
F. This site offers a sufficient information related to my needs/purposes. (coverage/scope of content)
G. The content is free of bias, or the bias can be easily detected. (reliable-free from bias)
H. This site provides interactivity that increases its value. (engaging & stimulating)
I. The information appears to be accurate based on user’s previous knowledge of subject. (Reliable & accurate)
J. The information is consistent with similar information in other sources. (Reliable, accurate & trustworthy)
K. Grammar and spelling are correct. (good use of language)
Criteria 4) Information Quality above is thorough in measuring the educational quality of the website.
Other additional criteria for this segment could include the following:
1) There are appropriate interactive activities that may interest students.
2)    There are activities with different degree of complexity which facilitates differentiation.
3)    The information is presented interestingly with appropriate visuals(photos, graphs and tables)
4)    The information is extensive and value add to the students learning

 5. Further Information
A. There are links to other sites that are related to the my needs/purposes.
B. The content of linked sites is worthwhile and appropriate to my needs/purposes.
Criteria 5 evaluates the availability and appropriateness of other useful and related links. Could have additional criteria to evaluate other technical aspects such as:
1)      The web pages are quick to load
2)      The navigation tabs are friendly and  intuitive.
3)      The site has provision for students with visual impairment (special needs)
4)      Relevant information can be found in 3 clicks or less.

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