Week 5 – Digital Information

Digital information comes in many different forms.

blogs
images
online video clips
journals
social media
online newspaper articles
websites
encyclopaedias

That is just to give an example of a few ways digital information can be accessed. Knowing what information is truthful is another story. Students need to be able to critically evaluate sources to determine the credibility. Things that should be taken into consideration are, who is the Author? What are the Authors qualifications? How recently was it published? Is the information up to date and current? Has it come from an educational website or government website? Does the information come from a place that could be bias? Evaluating digital information for credibility is a lengthy process and making sure that you have gained credible information will strengthen your academic writing. I find myself being a far more critical user now than ever before and that will be an important skill to teach my future students.

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A slide show that perked my interest whilst reading further about digital information and ways in which it can be effectively evaluated can be seen here: http://www.slideshare.net/rscapin/digital-literacy-learning-how-to-search-and-evaluate-information

References:

Booth, Ashley. (2013).Is it scholarly? Tips for critically evaluating your information resources. Retrieved from: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/scholarly.html

Digital information [image]. retrieved from: https://21cif.com/resources/difcore/

Heine, Carl. (2006). Evaluating digital information. Retrieved from: https://21cif.com/rkitp/features/v1n4/leadarticle_v1_n4.html

 

 

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