Information overload, information crap,information pollution...are some of the words that are being used now to describe the tsunami of irrelevant information we are bombarded with day and night.In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for all users, and we entered a new era of personalization. With little notice or fanfare, our online experience is changing, as the websites we visit are increasingly tailoring themselves to us.Everywhere you turn you find information that seems relevant to you but in fact is nothing but crap. This is probably why Eli Pariser recommended what he called Information Bubble.
Howard Rheingold is another guy who has done a lot of writings on Information Crap. I have already reviewed his awesome book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online in an article posted last year. Today I am sharirng with you some of the great resources I learned from Howard himself about how to detect crap information and the literacies we need to develop and teach to our students to make them better internet users. Check out the links below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy
As an information literacy instructor at Auburn University, it has been a perpetual struggle to teach students how to successfully search for library resources when they come to their one-time library sessions with only a broad paper topic and no idea how to narrow it down. A student recently told me regarding an English composition due in a few days, “The topic is so broad, I can’t pick an argument. I don’t even know where to start.” I began encouraging students to use a resource that they feel comfortable with as a starting point—Wikipedia.
Welcome to the Information Literacy Resource Bank. This central repository contains bite-sized information literacy learning resources for Cardiff University staff to integrate into teaching materials as and when required.
There is a selection of activities, quizzes, diagrams and cartoons as well as short ready-made self-paced tutorials on a range of essential information literacy topics such as citing references and plagiarism. New resources will continue to be added over time.
You may link to any of the resources on this web site or download and seamlessly incorporate them into your learning and teaching materials. Full details on how to embed them into Learning Central, PowerPoint and Word are provided. Subject Librarians in INSRV can also suggest ways of integrating the resources into programmes of study.
For the purposes of evaluating the usefulness of the resources, please use the comment form to tell us which resources you are using and for what purpose.
Members of other educational institutions are welcome to re-purpose or re-use any of the learning objects which we have made available under this Creative Commons Licence. Please see the copyright statement at the bottom of the page for each individual resource for more details. If you use any of these resources, please notify us using the comment form.
The creation of the Information Literacy Resource Bank was partly funded by the University's Innovative Teaching and Learning Fund.
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