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Critical evaluation of online information : the Internet for Economics

  1. 1. Critical evaluation of online information : the Internet for Economics Paul Ayres Economics Editor, Intute http://www. vts . intute .ac. uk /tutorial/economics/
  2. 2. T he Google Generation? <ul><li>“ Students rely on the most basic search tools and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to asses the information that they find on the web” </li></ul><ul><li>Information behaviour of the researcher of the future / CIBER http://www. jisc .ac. uk / whatwedo /programmes/ resourcediscovery / googlegen . aspx </li></ul>
  3. 3. Student Use of Online Content <ul><li>&quot;The internet is used but also distrusted, many students are aware that sites such as Wikipedia are not respected by their tutors &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Students have a tendency to be reactive and passive users of research content and their use is driven by their assessment needs&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ Use of Research Content in Teaching and Learning / Centre for Research-informed Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/aboutus/workinggroups/studentsuseresearchcontent.pdf </li></ul>
  4. 4. Exercise 1 : Your issues <ul><li>What are the key issues / problems you encounter with student use of online content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority of sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness of academic processes </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Key trends <ul><li>Proliferation of online content - Web 2.0, Social Media, blogs, podcasts, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic trends - Google Scholar, open access, electronic journals, ebooks, integrated library services </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy gap - plagiarism, citation practices, copy and paste culture </li></ul>
  6. 6. Specific issues <ul><li>Quality of citations from students declining </li></ul><ul><li>Search being mistaken for research </li></ul><ul><li>Use of sources that aren't authoritative </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness of peer review process </li></ul><ul><li>Students lack a mental map of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 makes these problems more acute </li></ul><ul><li>Poor evaluation of sources that are cited </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s needed <ul><li>Focus on academic Internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Help students understand academic research process </li></ul><ul><li>Explain difference between academic publishing and Web 2.0 user generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Teach search and evaluation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Is it fair to criticise students if they haven't been taught these skills? </li></ul>
  8. 9. Tutorial structure <ul><li>Tour - the key websites for your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Discover - search tools and search strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Judge - critical evaluation of results </li></ul><ul><li>Success - how people are using the Internet for their work </li></ul>
  9. 10. The approach <ul><li>Student centred and HE focus </li></ul><ul><li>To help with coursework and assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on academic sources online </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Web 2.0 but in academic context </li></ul>
  10. 11. Exercise 2 : <ul><li>Spend a few minutes looking at the Internet for Economics tutorial http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/tutorial/economics/ </li></ul><ul><li>Then discuss </li></ul><ul><li>H ow could it be used in your teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the most appropriate place for it in the curriculum? </li></ul>
  11. 12. Possible use / places <ul><li>Where in the curriculum? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet r esearch methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As part of subject work </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Possible use / places <ul><li>Place to mention it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the student handbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked from course webpage / VLE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within policy on Internet resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In advice on plagiarism </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Possible use / places <ul><li>How to use it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handbook for reviewing websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessed web review of subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion of tutorial in class </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. There's more … <ul><li>Intute: Economics http://www. intute .ac. uk /economics/ More Economics Internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and the web http://www. intute .ac. uk / criticalthinking .html More teaching materials on this issue </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Training Suite http://www. vts . intute .ac. uk / More tutorials with over 60 titles </li></ul>
  15. 16. Contacts <ul><li>Paul Ayres </li></ul><ul><li>Economics Editor, Intute </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/ intuteeconomics </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for listening </li></ul>