Evaluating Ethos: Using Critical Literacy to Improve Students’ Information Decisions <ul><li>April Cunningham, MLIS—Librar...
Agenda: Overview of the Session <ul><li>1. We define the problem: Critical Literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Participants wo...
Defining the Problem: Goals <ul><li>Problematize the issue of what constitutes good information. </li></ul><ul><li>Present...
News Personal  Blog Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values What are the Ethos and Values that these communities use...
News Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values <ul><li>Timeliness </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy/errata </li></ul><ul><li>...
News Personal  Blog Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values What are the Ethos and Values that these communities use...
<ul><li>Authorship </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of method – “hedge” </li></ul><ul><li>Open...
From BJ Fogg’s Slide Presentation:  “What Makes a Website Credible” http://www.slideshare.net/bjfogg/web-credibility-bj-fo...
From BJ Fogg’s Slide Presentation:  “What Makes a Website Credible” http://www.slideshare.net/bjfogg/web-credibility-bj-fo...
From New Mexico State University’s site http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html “ The Good,  The Bad & The Ugly:  or...
Criteria vs. Values <ul><li>Checklist Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Ob...
The Ethos Method <ul><li>Making Tacit Knowledge Explicit for Students from Diverse Backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Texts are...
In Groups <ul><li>For your own discipline and your institution: </li></ul><ul><li>What have you done to teach these values...
April Cunningham –  [email_address] Richard Hannon –  [email_address]
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League Presentation Final

  1. 1. Evaluating Ethos: Using Critical Literacy to Improve Students’ Information Decisions <ul><li>April Cunningham, MLIS—Library Instruction Coordinator, Saddleback CC </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Hal Hannon, M.A. Rhetoric and Composition—English Instructor, Palomar CC </li></ul>League for Innovation, Innovations 2009 Reno, NV March 17, 5:00pm
  2. 2. Agenda: Overview of the Session <ul><li>1. We define the problem: Critical Literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Participants work in groups to contrast Academic Ethos against other kinds of textual Ethos </li></ul><ul><li>3. We discuss the Checklist Method and how it doesn’t solve the problem of evaluating information </li></ul><ul><li>4. Participants work in groups to determine how their own disciplines deal with academic Ethos </li></ul><ul><li>5. Groups discuss finding with the whole room . </li></ul><ul><li>6. We make suggestions about how to teach critical information literacy </li></ul>
  3. 3. Defining the Problem: Goals <ul><li>Problematize the issue of what constitutes good information. </li></ul><ul><li>Present a framework for understanding Critical Information Literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Address the Postmodern question of “subjectivity.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reclaim the Academic Ethos as an important democratic tool. </li></ul>
  4. 4. News Personal Blog Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values What are the Ethos and Values that these communities use to produce their texts? What are the differences?
  5. 5. News Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values <ul><li>Timeliness </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy/errata </li></ul><ul><li>Neutrality </li></ul><ul><li>The “Scoop” </li></ul><ul><li>Informative—Non-analytical </li></ul>
  6. 6. News Personal Blog Wikipedia Non-Profit Advocacy Academic Values What are the Ethos and Values that these communities used to produce their texts? What are the differences?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Authorship </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of method – “hedge” </li></ul><ul><li>Open-ended question: The Dialectic. </li></ul>Academic Values
  8. 8. From BJ Fogg’s Slide Presentation: “What Makes a Website Credible” http://www.slideshare.net/bjfogg/web-credibility-bj-fogg-stanford-university
  9. 9. From BJ Fogg’s Slide Presentation: “What Makes a Website Credible” http://www.slideshare.net/bjfogg/web-credibility-bj-fogg-stanford-university
  10. 10. From New Mexico State University’s site http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html “ The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources”
  11. 11. Criteria vs. Values <ul><li>Checklist Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Values </li></ul><ul><li>Authorship </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of method – “hedge” </li></ul><ul><li>Open-ended question: The Dialectic. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Ethos Method <ul><li>Making Tacit Knowledge Explicit for Students from Diverse Backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Texts are Embodied – From Humans in Communities with Values and Agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Information has Effects </li></ul><ul><li>No Hiding Behind the Cloak of Objectivity </li></ul>
  13. 13. In Groups <ul><li>For your own discipline and your institution: </li></ul><ul><li>What have you done to teach these values? </li></ul><ul><li>How has it worked? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your goals for your students’ concepts of information? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the limitations of the Ethos Method from your perspective (discipline or institution)? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the appropriate level at which to introduce these concepts? </li></ul>
  14. 14. April Cunningham – [email_address] Richard Hannon – [email_address]

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