Improving your information skills
In the 21st century, it is important to be able to research and make wise decisions based on reliable information. In fact, employers have high expectations regarding their employees’ abilities to research. As discussed in the Post Your Introduction forum, due to the overwhelming amount of information available, researching and locating reliable sources to guide decision-making can be very challenging. Let’s examine in this discussion the challenges of research and how developing information literacy skills can help.
Prepare.png Prepare: Read Module 1 of your textbook to learn more about information literacy. Next, read the At Sea in a Deluge of Data article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This article details the research expectations employers have of new employees hired in the digital age.
Reflect.png Reflect: Consider your reaction to the information in the article, At Sea in a Deluge of Data, and Module 1 and identify areas that you connected with the most. Based on the article and Module 1 of your text, consider how information literacy skills can impact being a critical consumer of information.
Write.png Write: With Module 1 of the textbook and the article, you explored in mind, answer the following questions in your discussion post:
Based on the information you read in Chapter 1 of your textbook and the At Sea in a Deluge of Data article, how would you define information literacy?
How can improving your information literacy skills help you in being a critical consumer of information, in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge, and in your professional career ambitions?
Your initial post should contain a minimum of 350 words written in complete sentences. It must answer all aspects of the prompt (refer to “Think about it this way” below). It must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Thursday evening. Correctly cite the source of any information that you use in your post.
Discuss.png Guided Response: You must reply to at least two classmates. As you reply to your classmates, attempt to extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or by responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider sharing additional ways that information literacy skills can help them be critical consumers of information.
Think about it this way…
This discussion is asking you to do six things.
Read Module 1 in your textbook and the At Sea in a Deluge of Data article.
Based on your textbook and the article, write a paragraph explaining how you would define information literacy.
Answer the question, “How can improving your information skills help you in being a critical consumer of information?”
Answer the question, “How can improving your information skills help you in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge?”
Answer the question, “How can improving your information skills help you in your career ambitions?