Main Criteria for Evaluating Websites Discussion Questions 4
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Your next major assignment is the review essay. For this assignment, you will need to select a website and then compare the site to a set of criteria.
There are five main criteria for evaluating websites as shown in this GCU Library tutorial: https://lc.gcumedia.com/mediaElements/evaluating-websites-tutorial/v2.1/. Watch the tutorial and take notes about the five criteria while you are watching it.
Which three of the five criteria do you find to be the most important? Do they seem like enough to evaluate a website? How would you define each criterion? Why is each one important?
Which website did you choose to evaluate for your essay assignment? Please provide the URL of the website and the name. Post a message in which you describe your web site (at least one paragraph), and then offer some analysis of the website and how it meets the criteria (at least one more paragraph).
Which of the criteria you learned about earlier will you apply to the website and why? Do you feel your website matches up to the criteria, and does it appear to be an effective and valuable website? Use details and examples from the website to support your answer.
A Review Based on Philippians 4:8
This week as we conduct a review of a website, we are creating a quality filter of sorts. We are looking at how a website measures up to selected criteria. When the website either passes or doesn’t pass the test, we have evidence to make a qualitative judgement.
The Scripture provides us with a quality filter as well. In Philippians 4:8, Paul writes, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
As followers of Christ, we need to implement a biblical filter for the things we allow in our minds. Do you use a biblical filter to make qualitative judgements? How has this particular passage from Philippians informed decisions you have made in your life?
Accuracy vs. Authority
what type of website is your new chosen ADHD website? What is the purpose of this website? Audience? What do you know about your website’s organization or author? How does it compare with the CDC?
Take a look at the About us page on the website for more information for the reference page listing and perhaps even for support details in the paper.
Use the GCU library’s scholarly support as back up to illustrate and define the criteria chosen. Focus on reviewing the website chosen.
Take a look at your website’s About Us page, (it might be named something a bit different) or the example below. What do you see? What did find out? What criterion might this help you evaluate? What evidence from that page might you use? Below is an example “About Us” page for WebMD if your website does not have this page but you would still like this practice.
Objectivity, ads, news
Here is an example biased website.
It is a .org and appears to be solid…why is it biased, you may ask? This organization is backed by a religion that does not believe that psychiatry is a real science. Here is a link that shows what I mean:
The video in this link contains some disturbing images.
They have a right to their beliefs, and we should not denigrate those beliefs, but do their beliefs create a bias when it comes to the topic of ADHD? (Everyone comes to material or information with a perception or bias based upon past beliefs-being open to opposing views and research helps!).
Sometimes I think objectivity is overlooked as it may not seem as obviously important as authority or accuracy. However, when we think about objectivity and the purpose of a website, it is very important to know that the information is being communicated with honest intentions, is it not? Another way to look at objectivity is, what does the author want from providing this information? Is he/she or they just trying to educate and inform people? Or, are they trying to use their website for advertising and getting readers to click on links? How would this affect objectivity?
Currency and ADHD
How can we test the currency of such information? How might the acceptable time limit for current medical information be different than acceptable time lines for other information like technology, education, child rearing, etc.? What issues can develop from a not current website? How might this affect the other criteria?
Fun sample trend practice: theme parks
Our topic is a trending approach to ADHD, but we can practice others for fun. Do you like theme parks? What about this example trend … paying more for a different experience?
Find:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/opinion/bruni-the-extra-legroom-society.html (google search bruni extra legroom society) Answer any of the following about this trend or discuss where you have seen this trend occur in your experience.
-What is the trend/What is important about the topic according to the author?
-How did the author frame the issue? Did he begin with something familiar to the reader? -How/with what examples?
-What background info does the author provide to help the reader’s understanding? Main Criteria for Evaluating Websites Discussion Questions 4
-What is the author’s main point and perspective on the topic?
-What does the author label as the causes or origins of this issue?
-Is there a refutation section?
-Does the author offer praise or critique of the subject? On what basis?
-What sources, if any, does the author use?
-Do you agree or disagree with the author’s evaluations? Why?
Fun sample trend practices: selfies
Our topic is a trending approach to ADHD, but we can practice on other topics.
Take a look at some/any of the selfies examples, questions, and ideas below. How would you evaluate the selfie trend in society? Harmful or helpful?
-Where do people take selfies?
-When are selfies okay and not okay?
-Who profits/benefits from selfies?
-How do selfies benefit and harm society?
-Do you have any selfies in your phone? Whereare you/what’s happening during these? Feel free to show/tell pictures and evaluate.
Fun sample trend practices: Harry Potter culture
Our topic is a trending approach to those with ADHD, but we can practice on other topics. Any HP fans?
Harry Potter might have influenced a scifi/fantasy culture that united children and parents or selfies illustrate a narcissistic shift in society and instagram and snapchat are other examples of this trend.
Here are more fun trend examples-Right click links to open in a new tab.
See this example Harry Potter culture trend analysis …
Example social commentary introduction: Harry Potter. For part of participation: List the causes and effects of the Harry Potter trend(s) mentioned. Do you think this trend is mostly harmful or helpful to society? Both?
Sample trend activity: breast cancer awareness
Our papers concern evaluating a trending approach to those with ADHD, but we can take a look at some example topics just for practice).How do these examples illustrate a societal trend? What other examples might fit that trend?
Breast cancer and ADHD awareness
Although many people do not know it, October is ADHD Awareness month. It is also, as many of you know, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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