Taming The Beast - Bending the Internet toward Academic Enlightenment not Scholastic Doom

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  • 1. Taming the Beast Bending the Internet toward Not Scholastic Doom Academic Enlightenment
  • 2. The Internet – Pet or Beast? When it comes to your academic work, is the Internet a pet or a beast? What are its positive attributes? What is it good for? What are its problematic attributes?
  • 3. Tame the Beast You must have FEAR!
  • 4. Tame the Beast 1. Effective, efficient Internet searching
  • 5. Become the Web Whisperer Successful Internet searches are: PLANNED Public domain image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kent_Plan.gif
    • Write out your topic .
    • Circle the keywords that give your topic meaning.
    • Use these words as your search terms . 5-8 is optimal!
    • Venture off the Google path.
    • Try page 2+ of the results list.
  • 6. Become the Web Whisperer Internet Search Guide: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html Worksheet: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/AnalyseTopicForm.pdf A comprehensive plan Creative Commons Image by Ed Sanders from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:London_Underground_Zone_1.png
    • Use distinctive phrases in “ ” where possible – e.g. “affirmative action”.
    • Search for organizations that may have published information on your topic.
    • Include synonyms, acronyms , etc. associated with your topic keywords.
    • Try, learn, revise!
  • 7. Become the Web Whisperer Try the Search Engine Guide: http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html Create your own search engine: http://www.google.com/cse/ http://www.rollyo.com/ Some alternate search engines:
  • 8. Become the Web Whisperer Successful Internet searches are: FOCUSED YOU ARE HERE EXIT Public Domain Image from http://www.utopia-britannica.org.uk/pages/New%20Harmony.htm
    • Explore avenues that will get you to your goal.
    • Surfing/Social Media = LATER Use bookmarks/favorites to remember interesting but unrelated sites.
    • Use bookmarks or a CITATION MANAGER to keep track of where you’ve been!
  • 9. Bad Site! 2. Separating the wheat from the chaff
  • 10. Bad Site! Believe it or not… This step is one of the keys to your entire academic career. Creative Commons Image by Luekk from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lenzkirch-Key.jpg Employers want to hire people with the ability to critically analyze information.
  • 11. Authority Bias Currency Credibility Scope Bad Site! Evaluation Vocabulary Media Construct Creative Language Embedded
  • 12.
    • Five Core Concepts
    • All media messages are constructed .
    • Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules.
    • Different people experience the same messages differently.
    • Media have embedded values and points of view.
    • Media messages are constructed to gain profit and/or power .
    • Source: Center for Media Literacy (CML).
    Bad Site! From the CML MediaLit Kit :
  • 13. Bad Site!
    • Who wrote this? Can you find the name of the author?
    • Does this author have AUTHORITY ? Are they BIASED ?
    • Who published this? Is the author alone or affiliated with a larger organization? What is the PURPOSE of that organization and this site?
    • When was this written? Does this information have CURRENCY ?
    • Is this information CREDIBLE ? Does it conform to what you already know?
    • What is the SCOPE of information offered? Is it general or in-depth?
    Key Questions
  • 14. Bad Site!
    • Content – words, vocabulary, images, multi-media
    • “ About ” page – self-description of publisher
    • Style – banner, colors, logo
    • Domain – http://www.igoldrush.com/alt_ext2.htm
    • Links – sites this page links to
    • Organization – navigation, labeling, sections
    Where to look for answers
  • 15. Bad Site! Evaluate these sites with the criteria just discussed. Which would you use in an assignment about the dangers of smoking? The Challenge
    • http:// www.lung.ca/protect-protegez/tobacco-tabagisme/facts-faits/index_e.php
    • http:// www.smokingsection.com/issues1.html#smoke
    • http :// www.bupa.co.uk/health_information/html/healthy_living/lifestyle/smoking/smoking_health.html
    • http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/tobaccostatistics/a/tobaccofacts.htm
    • http :// www.davehitt.com/facts/index.html
    • http://myquitsmokingblog.com /
  • 16. Bad Site! http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html A comprehensive plan: http://www.library.american.edu/tutorial/index_4.html http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html Step-by-step evaluation resources:
  • 17. … but it’s so cute! Even bad sites need a home.
    • Sites which you deem to be
    • unauthoritative,
    • uncredible,
    • biased, or
    • lacking in currency
    • can still be used.
    However, your evaluation and reasons for inclusion should be explicitly stated ! Creative Commons image by Sannse from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pug_black_600.jpg
  • 18. Can I keep it, Mom? 3. Can and should I use this?
  • 19. Can I keep it, Mom? Questions to help the assessment process:
    • Is it relevant to my approach to the topic?
    • Will it enhance my project?
    • Is it credible ? If not, does it have some other value?
    • Is it available for my intended use?
  • 20. Can I keep it, Mom? Signs of the Times
  • 21. Can I keep it, Mom?
    • This media is owned.
    • This media is fixed.
    • To use this media, you must obtain permission of the owner.
    • This media is available for use*.
    • This media is available for remix*.
    • To use this media, you must attribute the creator.
    • *See specific license for usage and remix rules.
    • This media is available for use.
    • This media is available for remix.
    • To use this media, you don’t have to tell anyone or do anything.
    copyright creative commons public domain
  • 22. Can I keep it, Mom? Creative Commons website: http://creativecommons.org/ Wikipedia’s Public Domain entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain Copyright, CC, Public Domain Additional resources A very interesting movie about copyright vs. creative commons: http://www.archive.org/details/RipRemixManifesto
  • 23. Can I keep it, Mom? The Students’ Savior: Fair Use
    • Factors which determine whether something is “fair use”:
    • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
    • The nature of the copyrighted work -- A particular use is more likely to be fair where the copied work is factual rather than creative.
    • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
    • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work
    Source: http://w2.eff.org/IP/eff_fair_use_faq.php
  • 24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo Can I keep it, Mom? For a quick & fun overview of this topic, watch A Fair(y) Use Tale : Created by: Professor Eric Faden, Bucknell University http://www.slideshare.net/aamarie/copyright-law-fair-use-creative-commons-and-the-public-domain For more information comparing the usage rules, watch this presentation:
  • 25. The Resource Petting Zoo How to search for cc/pd content http://www.labnol.org/internet/find-public-domain-content-with-creative-commons/8996/ http://search.creativecommons.org/ Image and Multi-media Resources http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Image Resources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources http://www.public-domain-image.com/ http://www.public-domain-photos.com/ http://publicdomainclip-art.blogspot.com/ Multi-media Resources http://internetarchive.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Free_sound_resources
  • 26. Google Advanced Search The Resource Petting Zoo Use the “Usage Rights” area of the Google Advanced Image Search.
  • 27. Web Field Book 4. Record and give credit to your sources
  • 28. Web Field Book Citation Managers: http://www.fhsu.edu/library/tlc/zotero-intro/index.html
    • Firefox Add-on
    • Automatically downloads citation data from the web.
    • Word plug-in allows one-click cite and bibliography, output in HUNDREDS of citation styles, also customizable.
    • Word 2007 includes a citation manager (Reference tab)
    • You have to input the citation data.
    • Maintains a library for use on multiple assignments.
    • One-click cite and bibliography, output in most popular citation styles
  • 29. Additional Credits Title card and template images from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_path_to_enlightenment.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Muhammad_face.gif http://www.photos8.com/ This presentation was created by the Learning Commons at Fort Hays State University.