Web Page Evaluation
Instructor should choose several websites for the students to evaluate based on your class topics, or issues/current events, or ones you select to show a contrast in authority of the sites. This can be done individually or in small groups. The assignment is in two parts. Part 1 is the Evaluating Websites Checklist. Part 2 requires students to explain their findings; it is in Microsoft Word document format, so that you are able to save it to your computer or flash drive.
- Introduce how to evaluate a website (see the attached sample handout).
- Assign different websites to the students/groups to evaluate.
- Have them use the simple Yes/No checklist to analyze their website.
- Review the results together as a class. Were the students able to find the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the site? Based on the answers, let the group decide how well the site met criteria for reliability and objectivity.
Information Literacy Standard covered:
N.J. Information Literacy Standard - Introductory Skills 3(a): Evaluates information sources for their relevance to need, appropriateness/audience, authority, reliability, currency and point-of-view/bias.