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Education Literature Alerts: Mar. & Apr. '17 - Information Literacy

Items of interest from VCC Library

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Bush, E. (2017, February 16). Beyond fake news. Library Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from
An instructor responds to her student's wariness and cynicism regarding mainstream news media. She offers valuable news literacy teaching tips as well as rich links to help take you further in your quest to assist students in thinking critically about information sources.

"The release of ACRL "Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education" represents a significant development in our profession. What does the Framework mean for music information literacy? How can we begin using the Framework to address the unique information needs of music students? This article presents possible ways to implement the Framework ... " [Abstract excerpt from the authors]

Cook, D. B., & Klipfel, K. M. (2015). How do our students learn? Reference & User Services Quarterly, 55(1), 34–41.

The article outlines a cognitive psychological model for information literacy instruction for facilitating student retention and transfer of information literacy skills. It discusses the principles for structuring information literacy instruction that include creation of problem context, limiting the amount of content delivered in a single classroom session, building a narrative of insights for improving pedagogy, focusing on deep knowledge, and active learning. [Abstract from the publisher]

Foreman, G. (2016, December 15). What is driving the rise of “fake news,” and news literacy lessons to spot it. The News Literacy Project. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from

Bogus information has always been a threat to a democratic society, dependent as it is on an informed citizenry. As falsehoods spread at the speed of light in the digital age, news consumers more than ever must equip themselves to distinguish fact from fiction. Lacking news literacy skills, they might be tempted to disbelieve even news that is reliably reported. [Excerpt from the article]

Johnson, H. A., & Barrett, L. C. (2017). Your teaching strategy matters: how engagement impacts application in health information literacy instruction. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 105(1), 44–48.

The purpose of this study was to compare two pedagogical methods, active learning and passive instruction, to determine which is more useful in helping students to achieve the learning outcomes in a one-hour research skills instructional session. [Abstract excerpt from the authors]

Technology must be used as a teaching and learning tool to help students succeed. However, educators must be proactive in identifying some of the pitfalls of technology, such as information illiteracy. The phenomenological study covers how English instructors from Indianapolis, who teach first year students, address information literacy and the challenges in teaching digital natives. [Abstract from the author]

Pun, R. (2017, February 9). Taking on fake news in FYE and beyond. Credo Blog. Retrieved from

It’s on the news, almost every single day. Fake news is being shared, discussed, and analyzed frequently online and in the classrooms. Studies from Stanford to Pew Research have suggested that this topic has been and will continue to be affecting students and their information consumption and research needs but how can librarians make sense of fake news in the research workflow? ... Here are some ideas and activities that you may consider integrating into your digital literacy and instruction programs ... [Excerpt from the article]

Rapchak, M. E., Lewis, L. A., Motyka, J. K., & Balmert, M. (2015). Information literacy and adult learners. Adult Learning, 26(4), 135–142.

Information literacy (IL) skills are essential for adult learners in higher education, especially those unfamiliar with information systems. Citing a lack of literature assessing such skills in adult learners, this article examines the IL abilities of adult learners in an IL course. [Abstract from the publisher]

How well students conduct research online is an increasing concern for educators at all levels, especially higher education. This paper describes the evolution of a course that examines confirmation bias, information searching, and the political economy of information as keys to becoming more information and media literate. [Abstract excerpt from the author]

Videos (not strictly literature, but interesting nonetheless!)

TED Playlist - 9 Talks on How to Pop Your Filter Bubbles:

Insights and advice to escaping the echo chambers of social media, newsfeeds, and everyday conversation so that we may get a better, less rose-tinted grasp of the world and people around us.

Native Advertising |  Last Week Tonight on HBO:

Comedian and social commentator, John Oliver, takes a humourous yet scathing look at an insidious method of advertising that challenges our ability to tell truth from commercial promotion.

Facing Ferguson - News Literacy in the Digital Age | The News Literacy Project:

A new resource from Facing History and the News Literacy Project on the critical need for news literacy following the wave of protests in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Explore the unit:

Turning an Interest into a Researchable Question | Portland Community College Library:

In this video you’ll learn how to turn something you find interesting into a researchable question for a college research project.

Evaluating Sources to Find Quality Research | Portland Community College Library:

Three questions you should ask in of any source you find in your research.

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