Credibility and Computers

Q1 Summary

Why is it important to evaluate credibility of a website?

The way of study has changed. Before, I mean 15-20 years ago and also depending on a country, students could only rely on the local libraries or lecturers to find the relevant information, people were sitting in the libraries reading books just to find the information they were after. This was the only two ways to gain the knowledge and have access to a credible source. Whereas now, all the information is pouring down on us, we have access to so many sources at our fingertip. It’s common, or even a must, to refer to and rely on an online resource to find relevant information. Everyone is pressed for time and it seems like we work fast and we need the information fast, we becoming a generation that is impatient. At the same time, we need to be able to identify which sources are credible, so that we can quickly identify it and use it appropriately. It’s crucial to evaluate credibility of a website in order to provide a relevant and a good quality of information (Why Is Credibility of Online Sources Important in Education?, 2016).

How credibility of web resource could affect you as a student?

Being a student we write our assignments about many different topics, aspects, which we are not familiar with in every day life. We are trying to prove the point that someone else have stated, therefore, it is important that we know how to evaluate credibility of a source not only to support our research but also to provide the credibility of our statements.

 Q2 What is the reason why Wikipedia is not accepted as a credible resource for academic assignment ?

Wikipedia it’s an online version of encyclopaedia and it’s a great source, which is the reason why it appears first on a list when we look for information. At the same time, it’s a source which contains a general overview about topic where people from around the world can post articles, change them and even change others work . On top of this even Wikipedia states on their website that the articles posted may not be credible because the articles are, most of the time, written by people who might not necessarily be a credible source and have a specific qualification in this field (The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia, 2016), (About, 2016). Also, some things that are posted may seem to be biased containing one point of view.

People who are using Wikipedia as a primary source are not so keen on looking for a credible information it’s too much effort to really investigate the source, plus everyone was or is using it, which result, most of a time, in plagiarism. Having said that, there are some good things about Wikipedia on one hand at the end of its web page we can find the references that the author used and use it as our reference by further investigating the source and second it forces us to question the source of the information, which make us a better learners.

Q3 In dot points in your own words list anticipated issues that may affect the users perceived Web credibility in future.

It will be hard to indicate the credibility of a website in the future because of:

  • The resources and technics that are nowadays available to everyone, is so good quality that people can design their website in such a professional way that for every day user it will be impossible to identify if the source is credible.
  • Credible websites would want subscription, which would prevent people from using them, no one would like to pay money just for a peace of information, which will be used only once.
  • In the future, people not pay attention to the source credibility because of the fast passed life, they would want the information right away and not spend a lot of time searching for it.
  • Pop-up ads might raise in order to grab people attention, it would cause rivalry over the viewer, therefore loss in users.
  • More new websites will be created and taking over an older and more credible web sites because of their less frequent updates, it would create a frustration because research part will take a long time.
  • There would be a lot of similar websites, which would create confusion and people would need to really invest their time and effort to check if the website is really credible.
  • Magazines would advertise a lot of similar websites which would be confusing for user to decide which one to use.
  • Users would listen to the recommendations from family and friends instead of trying figure it out which website is a credible source.
  • All sources would recommend the same links, which would cause confusion in order to determine which one is credible and which one is not.
  • Everyone will have an website and perhaps will write about similar topics, which would create a problem for users to identify a credible source.

 

A1 Examples

Website for each type of credibility (i.e. presumed, reputed, surface, and earned)

 

unicef

I chose UNICEF website as an example of presumed credibility based on the fact that its domain name ands with .org and it’s a non-profit organisation.

 

tripadv

TripAdvisor website is an example of reputed website because it has won an award from PC Magazine and its also linked to other sites.

 

wast

Westpac website is an example of surface website credibility because it’s professionally designed its colour a layout was really well planed.

 

ebay

eBay website it’s an example of earned website credibility because its recognises that I have been using the site and recommending the items I’m interested in. Also, its easy to read, their ads matching the website and a site quickly response to customers.

 

References:

Why Is Credibility of Online Sources Important in Education?. (2016). Everyday Life – Global Post. Retrieved from http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/credibility-online-sources-important-education-7012.html

Walsh, K. (2016). The Importance of Source Evaluation and Content Credibility Skills for Today’s Students — Emerging Education Technologies. Emergingedtech.com. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/05/the-importance-of-source-evaluation-and-content-credibility-skills-for-todays-students/

About. (2016). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About

The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia. (2016). Findingdulcinea.com. Retrieved from http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/education/2010/march/The-Top-10-Reasons-Students-Cannot-Cite-or-Rely-on-Wikipedia.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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