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ERIC Number: EJ1031650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Screencasts and Standards: Connecting an Introductory Journalism Research Course with Information Literacy
Kuban, Adam J.; Mulligan, Laura MacLeod
Communication Teacher, v28 n3 p188-195 2014
Academic literature suggests that today's college students are not as information literate as educators might expect, despite their generation being frequently described as "digital natives" or "Millennials" (Becker, 2009). A faculty survey at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, revealed that students' actual experience with technology did not match up with stereotypes of their generation. Therefore, "the prowess of the 'digital native' is a dangerous myth," and growing up with Google does not guarantee students the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively in their coursework (Becker, 2009, p. 350). In an article that seeks to inform teachers and librarians about the self-perception of students' Internet proficiency, Stucker (2005) argued that while students are often able to obtain information (especially online), they "lack sophistication in understanding and evaluating the information they retrieve" (p. 9). This lack of critical-thinking skills is evidenced by the prevalence of Internet sources in students' bibliographies, and it has led to frustration among librarians and faculty (Mahaffy, 2006). Kolowich (2011) went further to argue that students do not even realize the abundance of resources available to them via their campus library. Specifically, students do not know what type of content can be found in any given database or how to conduct an efficient search in one. They face many pressures, and browsing the university library's holdings and poring over lengthy texts are not part of their time-crunched schedules. The activity described here will teach students to utilize critical-thinking skills and creativity to learn about research databases that are useful for finding information, particularly for journalism and telecommunications needs. Each pair of students will ultimately produce a screencast, that is, a video screen capture with audio narration, as a semester activity for this five-week course that: (1) offers succinct background information about its assigned database; (2) explains database utility for students and scholars; (3) demonstrates focused searches with Boolean operators and special characters; and (4) evaluates sources from the search results for accuracy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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