Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

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Presentation Description

Establishing credibility just ain’t as easy as it used to be. Or: in a very short period of time, it seems, we have gone from a formalized and secure information literacy system to an ecology of facts, data, personal narrative, information, and misinformation, all inhabiting the same sphere, each info bit circulating as though it carried the same value as all the others. What’s a teacher, a student--and even a citizen just trying to be informed--to do? This presentation sets a context by outlining three “periods” in the recent history of information literacy: (1) the period of all-vetting-all-the-time; (2) the period of online access of information, information still vetted but often including raw data; and (3) the current period located in an ecology of interacting sources—academic; mainstream; and “alternative.” Given this context and the current moment, what are tasks we might set for students so that they can determine what’s credible and what’s not? As important, if in the future students not only knowledge-consumers but also knowledge-makers, what tasks can we set that will foster this development?


Web 2.0, Information literacy

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)


Sep 26th, 8:30 AM Sep 26th, 9:30 AM

Creating and Exploring New Worlds: Web 2.0, Information Literacy, and the Uses of Knowledge


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