Succeeding in Online and Blended Learning

Welcome to Succeeding in Online and Blended Learning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The resources found here will help students new to online learning to understand what is needed to succeed in an online or blended course.

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Q: How do I know if I can trust information on a Web site?

A: Students do much of their research for class online. It is important to look carefully at your online resources and critique them for reliability. For example, Wikipedia or any site that offers information that is generated by users dynamically should be carefully considered.

When you search the Internet as a research tool, you must evaluate the quality of the sources you find. When considering the credibility of an Internet resource, critique its appearance, reputation, corroboration, disclosure statements and the timeliness of the information.

When critiquing the appearance, keep in mind that the “look and feel” of the Web site is a reflection of the time and effort put into its design and development. For example, Help and Search features are found on well-researched, credible sites. However, appearance is just one of several factors you should consider when evaluating a Web source.

Consider the voice of the Web site. Who sponsors the site and why? What are their motives for sharing this information? If you trust the company or organization that sponsors a Web site, chances are you can trust the content of the site as well.

As with any good research, corroboration is important support of online resources. If you find one Web site that provides useful information, look for another that provides similar information. You should confirm the information of one Web site by visiting others.

Reliable Web sites will disclose their contact information. It is important to know who is responsible for the Web site and what their qualifications are.

Remember, too, that timeliness plays a role when evaluating the credibility of information found on the Internet. Credible Web sites will provide information about when the site was last updated or reviewed. Credible Web resources are reviewed and updated often.

Q: What do I need to know about citing my sources? (What is plagiarism and what do I need to copyright?)

A: Understanding copyright laws and avoiding plagiarism are serious academic concerns.

Every university has new standards to uphold in the digital age. Educators have been the leading force behind copyright and plagiarism issues, yet with new reports and laws, there is more need than ever to illuminate standards to all University of Illinois at Chicago's faculty, students and staff. 

Visit the Daley Library's Web page on copyright and plagiarism. While every effort has been made to assure reliability and accuracy of this page, this information is strictly meant to be informational and not legal advice.

The following Web sites provide helpful information regarding proper citation practices:

Q: Where can I go for more help?

A: UIC offers several online and face-to-face support options for students: