Course goals

The following are the goals that I have for students in the course:

  1. Search the Web efficiently and effectively using a variety of search engines
  2. Usefully compare and contrast the features of Web search engines
  3. Reliably assess and discuss the quality of an information resource
  4. Choose an appropriate search engine based on a specific information need
  5. Use a variety of search engines to efficiently and effectively search RSS feeds
  6. Use a variety of search engines and a variety of delivery mechanisms to keep up with news and current events related to a specific topic
  7. Use page monitors to track changes and updates related to specific pieces of information
  8. Use a wiki to organize and present information
  9. Write an informative, well-structured blog
  10. Use tags to describe information with the goal of building a useful personal information document database
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