Assessing Reliability of Websites – COR

By , January 24, 2018 2:35 pm

If you use a website other than a well known encyclopedia (e.g., Britannica) or news site (such as BBC, CBC, PBS), you must check the reliability of the site. That is a very concrete approach. Let’s think more broadly now.

This year we will learn a new method of assessing the reliability of an online source: COR – Civic Online Reasoning, a new tool from SHEG, Stanford History Education Group.

These are the three key questions of COR:

They will help teach us some excellent skills that will be valuable in all subjects:

  • lateral reading
  • fact-checking
  • determining who is behind the information
  • judging what is quality evidence

In other words, if you live online, you had better be aware of your environment. Sadly, I think many students just exist online – they don’t take the time to notice what is around them, where it’s coming from, and the potential harm that can be done if thinking doesn’t occur!

To begin your journey, think about the reliability and trustworthiness of my blog:

  • who am I? (Ms. Gluskin)
  • what are my credentials?
  • is my blog sponsored? If so, by whom?
  • what are my biases?

Where will you look to find this information? How will the answers affect your attitude toward my blog?

Start with my “About” page and go from there.

Civic Online Reasoning Classroom Poster

COR Videos:

These videos (Navigating Digital Information) are produced by a group of organizations: Stanford History Education Group, Crash Course, the Poynter Institute, Media Wise. And they receive funding from Google.

Please view at least four of these videos – your choice of which ones, though it is suggested that you start with 1a. If you’re a Wikipedia user, check out 5.

Intro to COR (1a)

Online Information (1b)

Fact-Checking (2)

Lateral Reading (3) Also this.

Deciding Who To Trust (4)

Using Wikipedia (5) Also this.

Evaluating Evidence (6)

Evaluating Photos and Videos (7)

Data and Infographics (8)

Click Restraint  (9)

Social Media (10)

Our COR form:

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