Helping students navigate the sea of information in a digital world

Jonathan Goldman, Constance A. Harris, T. Mills Kelly, Wendy Mann

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 11:20am-12:00pm | Location: PANEL & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Johnson Center (Room D)

Abstract

BRIEF SESSION DESCRIPTION:

This panel will discuss how to teach students how to effectively evaluate online sources for research purposes.

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FULL ABSTRACT: Students question the need to learn from textbooks and possibly outdated course material when current information is always available online. Additionally, students can find it challenging to find effective strategies to cope with the fire hose of data available 7 x 24 with no curation. Our panel will provide some hands-on tips to help your students with this problem. At last year's Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference, this panel focused on how to design course material to align with these student expectations of ubiquitous access to information and data. This year our panel will extend that conversation into discussions about guiding students through source evaluation, identifying confirmation bias in searches, and managing data overload. Our panelists will discuss their own experiences in working with students and ideas they have considered and open the discussion to the attendees.

For more information about how to help students through the research and writing process: https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/teaching/writing-and-research

Keywords

digital tools; student engagement; digital pedagogy

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