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Information Creation as a Process

Big Ideas:

  • The purpose, message, and delivery of information are intentional acts of creation
  • Recognizing the nature of information creation, experts look to the underlying processes of creation as well as the final product to critically evaluate the usefulness of the information
  • Information is not neutral. Information reflects social, political and economic ideologies that are situated within an historical context.

Possible Session Level Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will distinguish between format and method of access, understanding that these are separate entities
  • Students will recognize that similar content may be presented in different formats, which may affect interpretation of the content
  • Students will select a source that best meets an information need based on the audience, context, and purpose of various formats
  • Students will distinguish between different types of sources and select the most appropriate type for the information need
  • Students will recognize situations in which non-academic sources or information posted in informal venues contribute to the scholarly conversation in my discipline
  • Students will distinguish between primary and secondary sources and explore their uses within their discipline and information situation