The Information Economy (IDST 226)
Focus will be on the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. By using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, this course will build the foundation needed for successful interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
Fake News First-Year Seminar (INIT 100)
Co-taught with Jessica Fox-Wilson, Fall 2017
In the digital age we are bombarded with information at an alarming rate. Consideration for accuracy is often secondary to breaking a story. If the New York Times reports on a story, is this more relevant or factual than Buzzfeed? How does the source of information change the meaning or its truth? Exploring how to decipher between fake news, misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda, this seminar will reinforce critical evaluation skills, provide methods on differentiating between types of authority, recognizing privilege in information, and how to accurately use information in academic work and everyday life. By reading from a variety of sources (academic journals, major newspapers, blogs, and Twitter), we will spend time considering the definition of information, interrogating our own information networks, and how this can shape our worldview. Understanding the information landscape will help you increase ownership of your scholarly work, maneuver through your academic experience, and put the liberal arts into practice.