Title

Empowering students to make sense of an information-saturated world: The evolution of information searching and analysis

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8270-0363

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Communications in Information Literacy

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

13

DOI

10.15760/comminfolit.2016.10.1.18

Abstract

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.

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