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Assessment 2A: Learning & Communicating Online

Brad Smith

on 31 May 2015

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Traveling is about having an adventure, seeing the world and creating new memories. People spend months planning their trip, which invariably costs thousands of dollars. When you're investing that amount of money; your prior research becomes paramount. That's where the credibility and reliability of websites; and the information they distribute, comes into play. By having the knowledge and skill to evaluate a website, through following a checklist (Metzger, 2007) for instance, you're able to determine whether the information is in fact, trustworthy.
Places to visit
Paris, its capital, is celebrated the world over for its infectious culture few fail to fall in love with. It boats the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Cathedral Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. Further afield you can enjoy the beaches of Venice, Bordeaux's champagne and wine regions or skiing in the French Alps.
Team 1: Aaron Johnston, Brad Smith, Catherine Eaton, Matthew Burke

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine
Best food to eat
Try traditional foods such as Weiner Schnitzel or maybe Tafelspitz served with roast potatoes, cream spinach and horseradish cream. To top it off enjoy Topfenkolatschen, a small cheese cake made of Danish pastry or perhaps Gugelhupf, the traditional high circular creased sponge cake.
Top things to do
Famous for
Places to visit
Salzburg is renowned for its museums and cathedrals, including St. Peters Cathedral, Vienna, the view from which is spectacular. You also can't overlook the Green Lake in Tragoess, Styria, which is classed as the ‘most bizarre natural phenomenon’ in the world. From a winter dry valley, it transforms into a lake during summer, where fish swim over wooden park benches, hiking tracks and roads. The outdoor opera set on Lake Constance during the Bregenz Festival (‘Opera on the Lake’) is also a highlight.
Best food to eat
The French are well known for their wines and cheeses, fine dining and delicatessen treats. However, they're most famous for their Frog legs and escargot (snails) - dig in if you dare!
Famous for
France is renowned for its museums, history, food, wine and romance - after all Paris is arguably the romance capital of the world.
Top things to do
Tourists can dine in Michelin Starred restaurants, climb the Eiffel Tower and view the Mona Lisa. More active explorers might take on the French Alps, which contain some of the best snowfields in the world; or try a bike tour (it's the Tour de France for a reason).
Places to visit
Neuschwanstein Castle, viewed world-over as a symbol of idealised romantic architecture and the inspiration for Disney's famous logo, is a must-do. Modern history buffs will be well versed on the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which heralded the end of the Cold War.
Finally, a walk through Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich is a truly humbling and thought-provoking experience.

Best food to eat
Top things to do
You can't look past Oktoberfest, the 16-day beer festival, attracting six million revellers each year. Berlin has an abundance of attractions including the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Hitler's bunker, Jewish memorial and Berlin Cathedral. There's also a vibrant music scene and plethora of satirical street art, including the renowned east-side gallery.
Famous for
Germany's painful past; including its role in World War II will remain cloaked in infamy. Though there are far more positive reasons Germany is an international destination today. Germany is well known for its contributions toward the automotive industry for instance, which includes brands like Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Ludwig Van Beethoven, the revolutionary composer; and legendary inventor Johannes Gutenberg have also both brought Germany fame.
Top things to do
Few countries can match Italy’s art, history, architecture, food, wine and abundance of hidden treasures. Taking a vesper tour around picturesque Tuscany and stopping at vineyards and gelato stands is a must. Or, take a gondola ride through the Venetian canals; and if you're an art lover then you must see Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Florence and the famous Duomo in the main square.
Famous for
History is one of Italy’s biggest draw cards and it doesn’t disappoint. Rome gives you the Colosseum, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Roman Forum – all within walking distance of each other. The architecture and sense of presence and story it creates is awe-inspiring. ‘Do as the Romans do’ – indeed!
Places to visit
How much time do you have? You can’t go past Rome for history, Venice for architecture, Tuscany for scenery, Florence for art; and Cinque Terre for its unassuming charm. Or perhaps you could take a drive along the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast or a boat ride around Lake Como, with the stunning Swiss Alps as the perfect backdrop.
Best food to eat
Food is one of the quintessential travel experiences so this is how you eat your way around Italy: wake up and head to the nearest cafe, order an espresso and pastry; now find a place with a view for lunch and tuck into a traditional Margarita pizza; then end a perfect day with two scoops of gelato as you amble through the piazza.
The aforementioned travel information was gathered from credible and reliable online sources using a modified five-step 'checklist' approach. This was derived from Metzger’s checklist theory (Metzger, 2007); which allowed us to deconstruct and evaluate each source. Credibility is important, especially when researching travel destinations, as you must often rely solely on research.

However, by utilising a checklist when you search online, and verifying aspects such as currency and accuracy, you’ll have the power to make the right decisions based on credible and reliable information. Now you’re able to confidently plan your next trip, significantly reducing the chance of any unwanted surprises!
During Austria's winter months you'll be exhilarated by skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. A 24-hour stay in Vienna may include visits to the beautiful Volksgarten, the Imperial Palace and State Opera. And an adventure in Salzburg would not be complete without seeing the Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, where famous scenes from the iconic 'Sound of Music' were filmed.
While Austria is famous for many reasons; music is undoubtedly a recurring theme. Austria was home to the greatest classical composers of all time: Mozart, Schubert and Haydn. The Viennese Waltz originated in Vienna; as did the Vienna Boys Choir. Maria certainly had it right...'the hills are alive with the sounds of music!'

Pretzels are a traditional food and while their origin remains unknown they're now considered as German as beer. Wiener schnitzel is another staple most often made from veal, although there are many varieties to try. And of course there's bratwurst, the German sausage, usually comprised of pork, veal, chicken or beef, with a rich tomato and curry-based sauce.
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The following checklist was used to evaluate the credibility of information included in this presentation:

1. Currency - Is the information current or out of date?
2. Fact or Opinion - Are the views represented fact or opinion?
3. Authority - What is the author’s credibility? Is the author's named and information available?
4. Purpose - What is the objective of the site/author?
5. Accuracy - Does the site have errors? Can it be verified with other sources?
Credibility of Online Sources
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