My Second Oral Presentation

Private Eye:  Internet Detective

Instructions for this report

Table of Contents:
Summary of Internet Detective
My Reaction
Question and Answers
Final Thoughts

Summary of Internet Detective:

The Internet Detective is an interactive, online tutorial, which provides information on the Internet and teaches the skills required to evaluate the quality of an Internet source.  The Internet Detective and be useful for anyone using information found vial the Internet.  It is designed for people who have already acquired basic skills needed to use the Internet and who are now able to focus on the information they find.  It is likely to be of particular relevance to those working with Internet information:  information professionals, librarians.  It will also be particularly relevant to those using the Internet for academic purposes:  researchers, teachers, and students.  The tutorial has been produced by the  DESIRE Project with funding from the European Union.  The authors are Emma Worsfold, Debra Hiom; both are from the Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol, and Marianne Peereboom, from the National Library of the Netherlands.  This

This tutorial allows you to work through the material sequentially.  It offers a variety of learning methods, including tutorials, exercises, worked examples, and quizzes.  You will be given the opportunity to test your knowledge as you go through and then be given corresponding feedback.

One of the issues that are discussed on this tutorial, is the Issue of quality on the Internet.  For example, you need some information and you need it fast.  The Internet seems like a good place to start so you head for a search engine and start typing.  You get a result - 20,000 resources come back at you.  Resource number 1, the title looks promising, but when you try to connect you get an error message saying the server is down.  Resource number 2, again the title looks good - however, when you get to the site you find that it is a project report from Class 2B at Hillside Junior High School.  Only 19,000 plus resources to go!  Well, the point is that the Internet is full of information but a lot of it is not of the high quality you might hope for.  This may be because anyone can publish anything on the Internet; Internet resources can come in many different formats and designs and can change at any moment.

The Internet Detective tutorial, teaches you skills to evaluate an Internet resource by looking for clues; asking questions, and considering the motives of people publishing on the Internet.  It is very easy to become "lost in Cyberspace", the Internet Detective helps you to be clear about your purpose, orientate yourself within cyberspace, get clues about the context from URLs (uniform resource locators), and establish the type of resource you are looking at.  Knowing the validity of the resource you are looking at, is another skill that the Internet Detective helps you with.  How do you know if the resource is trustworthy and reliable?  Does the resource appear to be honest and genuine?  Has the information already been filtered by a third party?  Is the information well research?  The Internet Detective teaches you to look for clues within the resource, for example, look for references and bibliographies, a statement of the source of the information, a statement of the aims and objectives of the site, mention of any quality checks the information has passed through, and finally look for a URL which supports claims in the content.

Thus, through out this tutorial, the Internet Detective teaches you skills to know the validity, accuracy, uniqueness, and completeness of the resource that you are looking at.  I recommend this site to anyone who uses resources from the Internet.  The Internet Detective teaches you skills to find the best quality resources via the Internet.

My Reaction:

This web site was a very useful site.  I feel that anyone who uses resources from the Internet should take this Internet Detective tutorial to learn skills on how to look for high quality information.  The good thing about this tutorial is that you it takes you step by step learning skills.  The refresher quizzes at the end of each section is very helpful because it helps you process the information you are learning.  This tutorial is also convenient because if you have to leave the site, it bookmarks for you the place that you left, so when you log back on, you do not lose your place.  Thus, the Internet Detective teaches you the skills to look for high quality resources, therefore you no longer have to go through each link that the search engines "throws" at you, and you save a lot of time too.

Questions and Answers:

Q:  How do you evaluate the information value of a page?  (Dr. James)
A:  When you look at a page you must look for clues, for example, if you want to know the       accuracy of a page, these are some of the clues that you have to look for:

Q:  Do you think it is absolutely better than search engines?  (Tony Pun)
A:  Yes, I think that it is absolutely better than search engines because the Internet Detective tutorial teaches you skills to find higher quality resources over the Internet.  Compared to the search engines, sometimes you get 10,000 hits and you waste all your time looking at unnecessary links.  The Internet Detective helps you save a lot of time.

Q:  Why are they called Internet Detectives?  What is their job and purpose?  (Mr. Man)
A:  Once you have learned the skills to find high quality resources on the Internet, you are called an Internet Detective.  The Internet Detective is an interactive, online tutorial which provides an introduction to the issues of information quality on the Internet and teaches the skills required to evaluate critically the quality of an Internet resource.

Q:  In reference to the tilde (~) symbol, did you say that it refers to a personal file or personal home page?  (Juliet Baptista)
A:  A tilde sign (~) is a hint that represent the personal directories of individuals.

Q:  What is the fastest surefire way to recognize quality material?  (Jason Thompson)
A:  I really can't tell you the "surefire" way to recognize quality material, but this is why the Internet Detective is very useful, because it teaches you skills to look for quality material.  It helps you look for "clues" within the resource so that you recognize if it is a quality material or not.

Q:  Regarding the on-line curriculum, do you feel this type of tutorial should be a pre-requisite to any college admission?  If this teaches how to search online efficiently, shouldn't everyone who will be using computers know how to search?  (Shehla Korff)
A:  I don't think that it should be a pre-requisite for college admission, but it should be used in courses that may use information from the Internet, for instance Cyber Psychology.  Yes, I agree that everyone who uses computers should know how to search, and search efficiently for quality material.  Not only that, but everyone should know they quality of material they are getting from the Internet.

Q:  So is being a web detective a technique or a way of filtering out sites that you don't want to look at or is it like a program that filters it out for you?  (Monica Chen)
A:  It is not a program that filters out sites, but the Internet Detective on line tutorial teaches you rather skills to effectively search for high quality resources over the Internet.

Q:  How many different things can the URL tell the person?
A:  URLs:

Q:  How long does it take to go through the entire web site lessons?
A:  It really depends on how much time you spend on each sessions.  That's why the Internet Detective is so convenient because you can work on it at your own time.

Final Thoughts:

My final thoughts on this web site is that it was really interesting and helpful.  I glad that the Internet Detective taught me some skills on how to find high quality resources, so I don't need to wasting my time on unnecessary links.  I think that this on line tutorial should be used in courses where people need to get information from the Internet, so that the type of information that is used is of quality material.

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