How well students conduct research online is an increasing concern for educators at all levels but especially higher education. The paper describes the evolution of a course that grew from a unit within a course to a whole course that examines confirmation bias, information searching and the political economy of information as keys to becoming more information and media literate. After a key assignment in which students assess their own tendency to engage in confirmation bias, students choose a social justice issue to investigate across web, news and academic research resources. Designed to build good analytical skills in assessing the trustworthiness of a variety of sources of information, the course empowers students as researchers, citizens and consumers.
Wittebols, J. H. (2016). Empowering Students to Make Sense of an Information Saturated World: The Evolution of Information Searching and Analysis. Communications in Information Literacy, 10 (1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.15760/comminfolit.2016.10.1.18