Students in this course will be challenged with looking at information from different perspectives and how media and information industries affect the content options that we as information consumers have and how we are presented with those calculated choices. Through attaining mastery of information literacy skills such as lateral fact-checking and research methods, students will also be able to locate and discern the information sources that are the most authoritative, accurate, and relevant to their research endeavors and information consumption.
There is no textbook you are required to purchase. Readings will be from open-access resources books, journal articles, and other information formats assigned. There will be several textbooks listed however, don't panic, we will not be reading them in their entireties as required classwork. I do encourage you to read them all, they're not very long and very insightful.
Web Literacy For Student Fact-Checkers by Mike Caufield
The book can be downloaded as a PDF, ebook (for an e-reader), or XML file
Caufield, Mike. (2017). Web Literacy For Student Fact-Checkers. Washington State University, Vancouver. https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/454
Arguing Using Critical Thinking by Jim Marteney, Contributor
The book can be downloaded as a PDF, ebook (for an e-reader), or read on a web browser.
Citation: Marteney, Jim. (2020). Arguing Using Critical Thinking. https://socialsci.libretexts.org/@go/page/67141
Each module will have its own short articles or other content that correspond with the topic.
Class materials, quizzes, grades, and links to learning materials can be found on CougarView. Most assignments will be submitted through CougarView and quizzes will be completed on the platform as well. If you need to miss class, you can find all of the materials in the module for the week.