Shirley Williams:Will this help me learn?
helping learner's evaluate online resources/tutorials
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11 January 2013
Your situation (context)
Our students frequently seek materials on the internet to help them learn something. What is challenging for the students is to know which of the plethora of resources is best for them to learn with.
For example a student may want to learn how to set up a WordPress blog to support a university project. Googling “WordPress tutorial” returns millions of results, the first few pages all looking to be the right sort of the thing for someone wanting to learn WordPress, so how does the student choose which one to follow?
The change you would like to see (challenge)
We want to see our students educated so that they make educated choices, and don’t waste time and effort on something which isn’t right for them.
For example checking the tutorial is on the right version of WordPress, it suits the pre-knowledge of the student, it isn’t littered with mistakes etc.
How you might go about bringing that change
We need to know how students who are good at evaluating resources make the right choices. Alongside knowing why those who do not find the right resources for them are unsuccessful.
Having worked the above out we can offer learning resources ourselves: Possibly running workshops, maybe making workbooks, maybe making online resources.
21:11 on 11 January 2013
One of the challenges for students searching the web can be the high ranking of data aggregator sites. These can be further removed from attributable sources than most web information and can propagate misconceptions and misinformation.
09:25 on 15 January 2013