Ethical Use of Sources Students watch a video on plagiarism and then complete a worksheet covering examples of source use. Which Search Worked Best? Students will practice using Boolean operators. Probing Curiosity Students will reflect on curiosity by outlining the process they took to learn more about a topic. Responsibly Using Online Images Students practice searching for and citing images found online. Mapping a Topic The class contributes to the creation of a concept map that shows how a variety of sources contribute to robust learning of a topic. Constructing An Argument Using segments from different sources, students will reflect on how to use sources when constructing an argument. Exploring Expertise Students will research the validity and credibility of claims made by experts quoted in different popular news sources. What Makes Someone an Expert? Students will identify someone who is an authority on a subject and examine the aspects that make that person an expert. The 5 Ws of Evaluation Students will ask and answer questions about the characteristics of a source in order to critically evaluate it. Creation is Iteration Students will brainstorm the process an information source took from its original idea to the final published version. Information Creation as a Process Students will watch a short video on how information is created and for what purpose, and then critically analyze the purpose of the format for a variety of information sources. Standing on Shoulders Students will discuss and search for examples of scholarship refuting previous knowledge. Choosing and Narrowing a Topic Provide examples of how to choose a topic and narrow it down to something appropriate for a college project. Students practice with their own topics. Pin the Source on the Spectrum Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey activity and discussion using Vanessa Otero’s Media Bias chart. Authority is Contextual and Constructed: Class Discussion of Authorship Students read two very different sources from the same author and discuss which is more scholarly, which has more authority, without knowing they are from the same author. What it is & How to cite it Students will be able to recognize source formats and create citations. Source Formats & the Creation Process Students locate and identify 3 sources on a topic and reflect on the creation process. The Scholarly Conversation: Reading & Applying Scholarly Research Students learn how to read scholarly articles and how to use them as evidence for claims. Discovery Tools Are Like Shopping For Jeans An analogy and demonstration to help students feel more comfortable using library databases by showing how they are like shopping. Hashtags and Headings: Mind Your Metadata Discussion of hashtags and subject headings as metadata to help locate information. Joining the Scholarly Conversation Discussion of video and quote on how scholarship is like a conversation. Why Cite? Discussion of purpose and value of citing sources in academia. Discipline Expertise Students will research experts in the discipline to identify the formats they use to share information. Map the Conversation Students will use reference lists to map and reflect on a scholarly conversation. Scholarly to Popular Students will assess how the findings of a scholarly article were presented in the popular media. Search Techniques In small groups, students explore a search technique and then demonstrate it to the class. Research Process and Research Questions After watching a video on the research process, students are asked to develop a research question and determine next steps in their own research process. Creator Perspective In small groups, students develop "rules" for the use of something that they have created. After considering the information source they have used in an assignment, students will reflect on the source's rules of use and the creator's perspective. Argument Reflections Students are asked to reflect on the usefulness of an outside source in building an argument. Constructing our own Authority Using a handout, students are asked to reflect on their own authority. Connections between Information and Scholarship Using one popular and one scholarly article, students will identify the information or outside sources used within each article and discuss the connections between information and scholarship. Considering Tweet Credibility After watching a video on credibility, students are presented with two tweets on the same topic to compare and the credibility of the tweets and creators is discussed. Social Justice in Information Using clips from the “Just Google It”: Algorithms of Oppression video, students are asked to "critically examine results of google image searches as an illustration of inequities". Cost and Value of Information Self paced tutorial that helps students "identify the characteristics of information, which contribute to its value". Format Process Cards Decks of "cards" are distributed to small groups of students with instructions to discuss and arrange the seven information cards (such as Tweet) by whatever the process card says (such as Time).
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