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Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Class..
Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Classroom provides personal, practical, and published materials collected to help you cultivate critical thinking skills in your students, especially first-year students.
These materials are contained in 14 modules--ten focused on specific critical thinking skills, and four on specific teaching methods.
This website was funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and developed by the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment (DIIA) and the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 8:33 PM
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
LinkWithLove: Handling Intellectual Property with Respect
Link With Love seeks to encourage good linking and citation practices online. LINKwithlove is the idea that we, the internet, can teach and learn respect when dealing with intellectual property online. The goal is to share art, music, photography, words, design, ideas, etc. in a way that is ethical, respectful, educated and kind.
LinkWithLove encourages designers and pinners (like on Pinterest) to properly credit the artists and sources of the images they use online. The site offers a collection of links about copyright and fair use.
Thanks to Natalie Houston for the article in ProHacker
Posted By callie at 10:54 AM
Monday, 14 May 2012
Research Help is Available for Summer Students
Welcome Summer students! Do you need to research a topic for a class assignment or just for personal interest?
Not sure how to get started? Not finding what you want? Have questions?
Research help is available:
1. In person: at the Ryan Library Reference Desk located on 1st floor of Ryan Library (behind the large Help Desk). During the summer, research help is available in Ryan Library Mon.-Thurs. 9 AM till 9 PM, Fri. 9 AM till 1 PM, and Sat.1 PM till 4 PM in Arrigoni Library. More specific schedule information is available at bottom of our Hours page.
2. By phone: 914-637-7716 (from on campus, just 7716)
3. By Chat: Click inside the AIM widget to initiate chat session.
4. By completing the Ask a Librarian Form.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 6:58 PM
Monday, 7 June 2010
How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age
Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, "Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age," Project Information Literacy Progress Report, Information School, University of Washington, December 1, 2009.
Read complete report : LessonsLearned
Posted By Callie at 12:21 PM
U. Washington: Google Flu Trends & Information Literacy
This announcement is worth reading through to the conclusion as it once again illustrates why info literacy and digital info skills are so important.
Google Flu Trends is not as accurate at estimating rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza as CDC national surveillance programs, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
The findings will be reported at the ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans.
“We knew from the Google Flu Trends validation study that it is highly correlated with surveillance for the non-specific syndrome of influenza-like illness,” said Justin Ortiz, M.D., clinical fellow at the University of Washington who led the study. “However, it has never been evaluated against a gold standard of actual laboratory tests positive for influenza virus infection. When we compared Google Flu Trends data to CDC’s national surveillance for influenza laboratory tests positive, we found that Google Flu Trends was 25 percent less accurate at estimating rates of laboratory confirmed influenza virus infection.”
The problem is that studies have shown that influenza-like illnesses are actually caused by the influenza virus in only 20 percent to 70 percent of cases during the influenza season.
“Internet search behavior is likely different during anomalous seasons such as during 2003-4,” explained Dr. Ortiz. “We hypothesize that during periods of intense media interest or unexpected influenza activity such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, Google Flu Trends may be least accurate at estimating influenza activity.”
“Still, Google Flu Trends influenza surveillance provides an excellent public health service, because it provides nationwide influenza activity data in a cheap and timely manner,” said Dr. Ortiz. “Nevertheless, our study demonstrates that its data should be interpreted with caution and that other surveillance systems more accurately reflect influenza activity in the United States.”...
...it once again illustrates the need for end users to have top-notch information literacy skills. The announcement itself includes Dr. Ortiz saying, “… [the] data should be interpreted with caution and that other surveillance systems more accurately reflect influenza activity in the United States.”
So are people, of all ages (particularly younger people) being taught how to proceed with caution with information they find on the web, in a magazine, see on tv, etc.? Do they know how to identify and access other sources (let’s say a reference book or a remotely accessible database from their school or public library) and do they know about their existence in the first place? Can they quickly take a step back from the information and ask themselves where is it coming from, its currency, what’s the reputation of the publisher and/or researcher, etc.? Knowledge of all of this is also essential for those who are assigning and grading the work.
Can it be demonstrated that while much of what you find is current and accurate much of what you can find and access on the open web is usable and accurate info BUT at other times and for a variety of reasons it’s out of date, factually incorrect or even purposely posted to mislead? Perhaps the most important point with this type of research is that those doing it use several sources from a variety of organizations and publishers. Never rely on only one and to have an idea about key resources before the research process begins.
Finally, for many people in the general public (and the media) the company that provides access to a lot of web info, Google, has such a four-star stellar reputation and brand. However, users don’t realize how Google works and that Google is most often the messenger and not the message. Just “Googling it” and getting results doesn’t say all that needs to be said and understood about the quality, accuracy, reputation, etc. of the data being reviewed.
For complete entry: Info Lit Important
Posted By Callie at 10:35 AM
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Online Data Present A Privacy Minefield
An excellent series from NPR.
"Is privacy still possible? For a lot of people, the answer is no, as companies collect personal data in ever-increasing volumes."
Read and listen to the story.
Posted By Library at 12:24 PM
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