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How to use the Web's information flood for teaching

, Graz University of Technology, Austria ; , Medical University of Graz, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this paper we concentrate on the question how we can retrieve reliable information from the Web as source for knowledge in teaching and learning: The use of search engines has a number of dangers which together with potential remedies we will point out. Another approach to find useful information is to use “classical” resources of information like specialized dictionaries, lexica or encyclopaedias in electronic form. Some do suffer from what we will call the “wishy-washy” syndrome. It is interesting to note that Wikipedia which is also larger than all other encyclopaedias (at least the English version) is less afflicted by this syndrome, yet has some other drawbacks. We discuss how those could be avoided and present a prototype of a system that does take care of many of the problems mentioned, hence may be a model for further undertakings.


Maurer, H. & Heimo, M. (2011). How to use the Web's information flood for teaching. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3103-3108). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .


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