Students' approaches to the evaluation of digital information: Insights from their trust judgments

Frances Johnson, Laura Sbaffi, Jennifer Rowley
2015 British Journal of Educational Technology  
This study contributes to an understanding of the role of experience in the evaluation phase of the information search process. A questionnaire-based survey collected data from first and third year undergraduate students regarding the factors that influence their judgment of the trustworthiness of online health information. Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis were conducted. First year students identified four factors: ease of use, content, recommendation, and brand. Third year
more » ... identified seven factors, in order of importance: content, credibility, recommendation, ease of use, usefulness, style, and brand. Third year students were much clearer about their evaluation processes than first year students; for third year students the factor structure was clearer, and items generally loaded onto the expected factors. The significance of these findings is discussed and recommendations for practice and further research are offered.
doi:10.1111/bjet.12306 fatcat:qkowysxgrrfkfg62l24qp4nyrm