Similarly none of the sites provide information on validity of assessments This

Similarly none of the sites provide information on

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Similarly, none of the sites provide information on validity of assessments. This information is necessary to allow practitioners to ethically discharge their responsibilities and users to determine if the assessment will meet their needs. Likewise, while original sources were cited in much of the information content, none of the sites provided a general statement about information gathering and authoring procedures or quality control methods. Practitioners and users must have confidence that the information delivered is accurate and relevant to their needs. Users may potentially benefit from exposure to "original source content" via links to other sites. While there is a natural desire to keep users on one's own Web site, experience with real world content may be a valuable aspect of the exploration process. For example, links to union or employer web pages offering apprenticeships would provide the learner with 1) evidence to validate information in the CIDS, 2) a chance to build a schema by comparing and contrasting options; and 3) information on which to take further action (e.g., information interview, job shadow, or application). The downside to providing users direct access to such content is that they can easily become lost and they may not be able to judge the variable quality of information presented. The Internet offers a wide variety of media creation and integration tools to developers, however sites currently rely on text-based strategies for information presentation. This is most likely due to delivery issues that are associated with multimedia and the Internet (e.g., bandwidth, platform standards, and production costs). However, the user experience could be enhanced by presenting complex information (e.g., wage and Labor Market Information) in the form of simple charts delivered as graphics. One form of information delivery offering rich possibility to developers is audio. None of the sites appear to use this presentation method, even though audio is a relatively bandwidth friendly form of multimedia. It can also be a relatively easy to produce and cost effective method of integrating "real world" content (e.g., vocational biographies). Audio offers additional benefits to those with visual disabilities or limited reading skills. It is also important for developers to consider other accessibility issues when designing and delivering their products. For example, all developers may wish to provide alternative means of navigation or text only versions of their Web sites for individuals with visual disabilities, who may depend on text-to-speech tools for navigating the World Wide Web. Overall, Internet-based CIDS appear to be in an early stage of development in comparison with their older, PC-based siblings. While the core information contents of Internet-based and PC-based CIDS are almost identical, tools that users can use to integrate this information in the decision-making process appear less developed. For example, none of the sites offer the capability to compare two education providers or two occupations, a common feature of standalone CIDS. This situation will probably improve
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