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Assignment 3: Website Evaluation

Due Week 7 (Module 2) and worth 135 points

For this assignment, you will identify a topic related to healthcare technology that interests you and use a search engine to find two (2) related websites with information about your chosen topic. Evaluate these two (2) websites in regard to their:

  • Authority
  • Affiliation
  • Purpose
  • Objectivity
  • Content
  • Learning Process
  • Audience
  • Currency
  • Design

Utilize this chart when evaluating each of the Websites you have chosen.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Authority

No author or contact information is provided.

No author is listed but an e-mail contact is provided.

An author is listed with no credentials and you cannot tell if the author is the creator of the material.

An author is listed with appropriate credentials and is the creator of the material.

Affiliation

It is unclear what institution supports this information.

A commercial Internet provider supports the site, but it is unclear if the author has any connection with a larger institution.

The site is supported by a larger institution, but some bias is apparent in the information from the institution.

The site is supported by a reputable institution without bias in the information.

Purpose

The purpose is unclear or cannot be determined.

The Website has more than one purpose but meets only a few of my objectives.

The purpose is somewhat clear and meets most of my objectives.

The purpose of the Website is clear and meets my objectives.

Objectivity

The Web page is a virtual soapbox.

The Website contains some bias and a great deal of advertising.

The Website contains some advertising and minimal bias.

The Website contains little advertising and is free of bias.

Content

The information on the Website does not relate to my objectives.

The information relates to my objectives, but many of the links do not work.

The information relates to my objectives, links work, but the site is not well organized.

The information relates to my objectives, the links work, and the site is well organized.

Learning Process

The information will not challenge learners to think, reflect, discuss, compare, or classify.

The information will not challenge learners to think but does provide interesting facts for resource information.

The information at this Website will provide some challenges for the learner to think but does not relate to my objectives.

The information challenges learners to use higher-order thinking skills, effectively engages the learner, and meets my learning objectives.

Audience

The Web pages are not appropriate for my audience.

The Web pages are written above the level of my audience, but some of the information is useful.

The Web pages are written at an appropriate level for my audience and some of the information is useful.

The Web pages are written at an appropriate level and the information is suitable for my classroom.

Currency

Information on the site has not been revised in the last 18 months, or no date can be located.

Information on the site has not been updated in the last year, but the information still is of good quality.

Information has been updated in the last six months and seems to reflect currency.

Information has been updated in the last three months and is accurate.

Design

The Website design is inappropriate for my audience.

The Website loads slowly and the general appearance is poor.

The Website loads without issues, but the site is not easy to navigate.

The Website loads without issues, is easy to navigate, visually pleasing, and easy to read.

Once you have completed the evaluation for each website, write a one to two (1-2) page summary of the information learned in your evaluation of each site, in which you:

  1. Identify the databases used and the keyword(s) used in your search.
  2. Compare and contrast your two (2) chosen sites in the areas of authority, affiliation, purpose, objectivity, content, learning process, audience, currency and design, using the chart above as a guide.
  3. Determine if you would utilize these websites in the future. Provide a rationale for your determination.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • You must include a title page, page numbers, running head, and in-text citations (if applicable). You do not need an abstract.
  • The one to two (1-2) pages are excluding the title and reference pages. There must be one to two (1-2) pages of content.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Integrate current evidence­-based research and information management resources to various nursing and/or healthcare fields.
  • Summarize the foundation of nursing informatics as it relates to healthcare.

Grading for this assignment will be based on the following rubric.

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