Authority is Constructed and Contextual

This lesson starts with a simple question: "Who knows the most about (topic of your choice)?" In my experience doing this lesson with first year students, a majority of students will identify personal experience as knowing the "most" at the outset. It is common for them to say something along the lines of: No one understands what it’s like to be homeless more than someone who has been through it. Starting from that firm conviction, this lesson is designed to help students think about different ways of “knowing” and what secondary sources (particularly scholarly) are able to accomplish in providing analysis, context, and scope. Learning outcomes: Students will be able to articulate multiple ways in which authority can be ascribed [Authority is Constructed and Contextual]Students will be able to identify primary and secondary sources / scholarly and popular sources and how they are linked to each other [Scholarship is Conversation]Students will seek a variety of source formats and perspectives in their own work [Information has value]
Contributor: Jennifer Hasse
Resource Type(s): Lesson Plan
Discipline(s): Multidisciplinary
License Assigned: All Rights Reserved
A one-shot or seminar class on fake news tied to source evaluation. Examination of the factors at play in the creation of misinformation; insight into how to select sources; tools and strategies for evalutating content of stories, authors, and news outlets.
Contributor: Jennifer Hasse
Resource Type(s): ActivityLesson Plan
Discipline(s): Multidisciplinary
License Assigned: All Rights Reserved
Synthèse ludique des ateliers d'évaluation des sources. Peut être utilisé comme récompense : un exemplaire plastifié est offert à l'étudiant qui trouve l'erreur volontairement insérée dans la formation (les autres n'ont que la feuille en papier). Autre utilisation : trouver le document le plus faible parmi vos références, ou parmi les références du syllabus de tel cours.Gamified summary for the evaluation of sources activity. A laminated copy could be used as award for the first student who discovers the mistake deliberately put in the learning activity; the other participants only get a paper copy of the sheet. Another use : in a list of bibliographic references, find the weakest one.
Contributor: Pascal Martinolli
Resource Type(s): Assessment MaterialWorksheet
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
A Star Wars themed look at the Authority is Constructed and Contextual frame, originally used for a staff training event. 
Contributor: Amanda Ziegler
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
”Evidence Based Optometry" is a research guide that supports the Clinical Reasoning classes at the New England College of Optometry. The tutorial is sectioned off by class year. The OD1 section covers how to find professionally appropriate information, evaluate information found through Google, and identify study designs. OD2 provides information on creating a differential diagnosis using evidence-based medicine. The OD3 section re-visits the appraisal process of vetting scientific articles and demystifies the steps involved in reading a scientific study. The section for the students' final year, OD4, contains information on how to access resources after graduation and apply evidence-based optometry in clinic rotations. The research guide emphasizes the “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” frame by including a health information-focused CRAAP test and the evidence pyramid. It also emphasizes the “Research as Inquiry” frame as students learn how to craft background and foreground questions.
Contributor: Melissa Lydston
Resource Type(s): Tutorial
Discipline(s): Health
Type of Institution: University
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License CC-BY-NC-ND
This module is intended to address fundamental information literacy skills appropriate for students in the first two years of college. It is designed to be incorporated into any LMS for use in both online and face to face courses. The module is divided into five self-paced chapters that progress through the stages of a student research process. Each chapter should take roughly 30 minutes to complete, and covers two to three learning outcomes that lend themselves to early college student information literacy and align with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, adopted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2016.
Contributor: Olivia Reinauer
Resource Type(s): Learning Object
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
Type of Institution: Community or Junior College
Scope: Course-level
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
This template gives space to outline an Information Literacy session, allowing a department to create a more cohesive program, or a single librarian to maintain an organized sense of their own sessions.This single page template gives space for teaching and learning activities, applying a frame, tools used for the session, assesment techniques used, time taken, as well as assigning it to a course and instructor.
Contributor: Hanna Primeau
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution-ShareAlike License CC-BY-SA
In this activity, students think metacognitively as they search to work out strategies for navigating the search process.  In the process, they use Google Docs to collaboratively produce a Search Tips sheet which the whole class can refer back to.  
Contributor: Heather Beirne
Resource Type(s): ActivityLesson PlanWorksheet
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution-ShareAlike License CC-BY-SA
An explanation of different kinds of authority that students might recognize in a piece of information accompanied by a list of articles about global warming that appeal to, invoke, or otherwise discuss these authorities.  Students should skim one or more of the articles, answer some questions about them, and discuss their ideas with their peers.
Contributor: Todd Heldt
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Discipline(s): InterdisciplinaryOther
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
Paper discussing a proposal for an information fluency initiative at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
Contributor: Greg Hardin
Resource Type(s): PublicationWhite PaperOther
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
Type of Institution: University
License Assigned: CC Attribution-ShareAlike License CC-BY-SA

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