Internet topic searching matched with search engines to provide relevant information to IT/IS students - a South African approach.
Proceedings of the Bitworld99. 30 June-2 July. Cape Town, South Africa.
Weideman, M. 1999. Internet topic searching matched with search engines to provide relevant information to IT/IS students - a South African approach. Proceedings of the Bitworld99. 30 June-2 July. Cape Town, South Africa. Online: http://web-visibility.co.za/website-visibility-digital-library-seo/
Some early research has proven that students show a higher level of participation in a class if they are involved in their own evaluation. It has also been proven that they are keen to use the internet to find information relating to their studies. A pilot study was used to build a measuring instrument to be used to determine student's ability to search for information. A country-wide research tour followed. The instrument was then used to measure various parameters involving the degree of success experienced by students during internet searching. It was found that only 38% of the subjects found the information they were looking for within 30 minutes in a controlled environment. There was also strong evidence that historically disadvantaged students had a lower searching success rate than others. Early versions of a model to assist students in the searching process have shown promise of success.
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