FINDING RELIABLE BRAZILIAN WEBSITE IN HUMAN ANATOMY
Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (BRAZIL)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:For undergraduate students, the internet is a usual tool to obtain complementary sources of information; however, the quality of online content might be questionable depending on its source. Due to this concern, the aim of this study was to reproduce how undergraduate student usually search for Brazilian websites containing topics about human anatomy and evaluate them. First of all, the keywords in Portuguese were selected (“anatomy”, “human anatomy”, “anatomy and website” and “human anatomy and website”) and they were searched at www.google.com.br, since it is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web. The first page of results of all searches was analyzed to pre-select the reliable websites in Portuguese language: constructed by professors at higher education level. Then, the selected websites were evaluated according to the level of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used. As a result, it was verified that, from all searches, only two anatomy websites were pre-selected and only one was found in all searches. The two reliable sites presented only four of the ten evaluated ICTs: email, text and quiz in both of them, added to figures in one and hypertext in the other. Based on these findings, it is possible to conclude that not only undergraduate Brazilian students need to be alerted to find consistent pages of study, but also that professors should to be prepared to start this new method of learning.
Keywords: Anatomy, Education, Information and Communication Technologies.