Learning Portfolio 4- Question 1: Why evaluation of web credibility is important

Q1) the author of this week’s article (Fogg) discussed credibility as a key attribute to evaluate online resources. In your own words, describe why it is important that we evaluate credibility of websites. In your discussion, provide an example of how credibility of the Web resources could affect you as a student.

Nowadays, making a webpage is a very easy thing to do, and because of this, there are many websites that lack credibility and will give out false or bias information—and it’s up to us to figure out which website has the correct information we want, and which ones don’t. In order to do this, we have to evaluate the credibility of the website, “A website should come across as both trustworthy and knowledgeable.” (Moss, 2015). There’s a lot of deceiving content on the web that can affect those who search and rely on information from the internet, and end up getting false information as a consequence (Schwarz & Morris, 2011).

Credibility is perceived; it’s up to us to decide whether it is trustworthy or not. It is necessary for us to look at the design (is it well thought out? Is the information easy to find? Is it organised?), and the trustworthiness and level of expertise (Are there references? Have other people recommended the website? Who is the author, what is their profession?). Nowadays, only 52.8% of internet users believe that information found online is credible (Moss, 2015).

As a student, credibility is an extremely important factor to consider when searching online for information on assignments et cetera. Should the information by incorrect or bias, it could affect my grade and own work greatly. For example, students have been told to avoid websites such as blogs of wikis, because of the chance of false and bias information being a lot higher than other resources.


References:

Moss, T. (2015). Web credibility: The basics. webcredible. Retrieved from http://www.webcredible.com/blog-reports/web-credibility/basics.shtml

Schwarz, J., & Morris, M. (2011). Augmenting Web Pages and Search Results to Support Credibility Assessment (1st ed.). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Microsoft. Retrieved from http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/merrie/papers/WebCredibility_CHI2011.pdf

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