What makes a 'good' website?

 


Introduction

It is always important to remember that anyone can create a website on the Internet and that some will, for reasons of their own, post information that is not true.  This unit was developed to teach you how to look critically at websites and evaluate them according to certain criteria.  

The Task

You will gain an understanding of basic evaluation terms and how to use them when evaluating websites.  By the end of the exercise you will have evaluated eight Internet sites.

The Process

1.   Use an online dictionary to define the words on the vocabulary list below.

·         1. accuracy

creativity

·         2. authority

content

·         bias

current

·         4. cited

      9. reputable

·         5. verify

 

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2.   Rate each websites listed below using the following criteria. [5 = best score, 1 = worst score]

Information appeared quickly.

  5  

  4  

  3  

  2  

  1  

Page is colorful and interesting.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Page has been updated recently. Date ______        

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Page makes you want to explore further.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Author of page can be found easily.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Author of page can be contacted easily.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Page contains more than one opinion.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Page links to other useful sites.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Information is clearly labeled and organized.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Written text gives you useful information.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Page is associated with a reputable organization or person. 

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Sources for information are cited.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

Information can be verified on several different websites.

  5

  4

  3

  2

  1

3.   Write a short description of the good and bad aspects of each site.

 

Internet Sites for Evaluation         

Site 1

Site 2.

 

 

     Site 3

 Site 4

·          

 

·         Site 5

 Site 6

·          

 

     Site 7

 Site 8

                      

1.