Empowering Students to Make Sense of an Information Saturated World: The Evolution of Information Searching and Analysis

Communications in Information Literacy. 2016;10(1):1-13 DOI 10.15760/comminfolit.2016.10.1.18

 

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Journal Title: Communications in Information Literacy

ISSN: 1933-5954 (Print)

Publisher: Communications in Information Literacy

LCC Subject Category: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources: Information resources (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

James H. Wittebols (University of Windsor)

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

How well students conduct research online is an increasing concern for educators at all levels but especially higher education. The paper describes the evolution of a course that grew from a unit within a course to a whole course that examines confirmation bias, information searching and the political economy of information as keys to becoming more information and media literate. After a key assignment in which students assess their own tendency to engage in confirmation bias, students choose a social justice issue to investigate across web, news and academic research resources. Designed to build good analytical skills in assessing the trustworthiness of a variety of sources of information, the course empowers students as researchers, citizens and consumers.