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Sincerity and Truth in Labeling of Online Information

As we encounter information online, one of the key challenges is our ability to critically evaluate and judge the credibility and relevance of the information we find. Credibility can be simplified as whether or not the information is "truthful" in presentation and content. Relevance can be a judgment about whether or not the information presented…

Develop an assessment of critical online information literacies

Increasingly, students are using the Internet to obtain information about both general and academic topics. Along with this trend there is a growing concern about the dubious nature of online information, and users’ ability to validate or evaluate this information. Research shows that students are frequently deceived when viewing online content and are not able…

Develop a criteria for critical evaluation of online information

A central challenge for educators today is that students do not always think critically about information they encounter online. Research has raised questions about the ability of students to evaluate online information. Quite simply, many students appear not to have the evaluation skills and strategies to succeed in this environment. Apparently, students mistakenly trust information…

Internet Inquiry Projects

Many times in our classrooms we create WebQuests to have students explore online resources. WebQuests typically contain an introduction, task, process, evaluation, and conclusion. WebQuests play a vital role in the classroom by providing students with a scripted, guided examination of online resources in a topic. As students expand beyond the WebQuest, the next step…

Stop Motion Animation, Creativity, & Divergent Thinking

I've written quite a bit in this blog about stop motion animation and possible uses in education. Recently, I decided to conduct some research on the topic with colleagues here in my department. In this post I'm sharing an overview of this work, and a reporting on our findings submitted to the International Journal of…

Three Stages to Become a Digitally Agile Researcher

Recently I've written about the three steps to become a digitally agile educator. I also guest hosted a Twitter chat on the topic. As I've written and shared this work, I'm often asked about the steps necessary for researchers in these spaces. I previously wrote about three reasons why you should become a digitally agile…

What You Need to Know About “Acceptable Use Policies”

As access to the Internet and other technologies become a mandatory requirement of working in a connected society, networks need to protect against misuse of access to the web. Throughout each working day, organizations ranging from corporations to schools and libraries need to prepare for possible misuse by users. Users can be a wide ranging…