Empowering students to make sense of an information-saturated world: The evolution of information searching and analysis
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Communications in Information Literacy
How well students conduct research online is an increasing concern for educators at all levels, especially higher education. This paper describes the evolution of a 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 research a social justice issue 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.
Wittebols, James H.. (2016). Empowering students to make sense of an information-saturated world: The evolution of information searching and analysis. Communications in Information Literacy, 10 (1), 1-13.