Critical Thinking

Students will be exposed to various entry points of a sustainability topic in various formats.This lesson is to serve as an introduction to different types of sources that can be used to learn about and research topics - including multimedia sources, Internet, and scholarly articles - and the attributes of different kinds of sources. They will take notes as they hear/read the sources using Elements of Thought (based on Paul-Elder's critical thinking model) and reflect in small groups to evaluate the credibility of the sources and what next steps they will take to further research. This is a face-to-face, in-class activity. The duration of the in-class activities for this lesson is approximately 60-75 minutes. Length and difficulty of content should be considered when selecting the examples.It is highly adaptable for content and theme although it was designed, originally, for a faculty member whose first-year composition class is themed around sustainability. Instructor will select various source types to explore a single topic. Possible sustainability-themed examples include: food deserts, clean water in the US, bee colony collapse, etc.Source types should include:One short-form video product (I.e. TED Talk, video essay, documentary clip, recorded speech, or other topical video informational product)One published essay, opinion editorial, or commentaryOne informative (unbiased) article or reference entry.
Contributor: Cristy Moran
Resource Type(s): Activity
Discipline(s): InterdisciplinaryOther
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
In light of the proliferation of fake news and just plain erroneous news, this assignment tries to give students tools and strategies for evaluating the information that comes to them via social media and other outlets. Students identify one news story and thoroughly investigate it, including using CRAAP criteria, searching for other articles on the same topic, and checking factchecking sites.
Contributor: Shellie Jeffries
Resource Type(s): Worksheet
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
The University of the Western Cape has developed a set of graduate attributes that are based on the UWC vision and mission. This tutorial is based on six concepts that may be used to enhance such attributes. An understanding of these concepts will mean that students develop a sense of agency in their research and practices, which opens up a pathway to lifelong learning and professional development. The concepts enable learners to become autonomous and collaborative and active contributors to knowledge. The tutorial also offers authentic examples which may be used to illustrate ways of applying and interpreting the various concepts.
Contributor: Shehaamah Mohamed
Resource Type(s): Tutorial
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Framework as a Whole
Discipline(s): Education
Type of Institution: University
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
This lesson plan is designed to move students from a "Google experience" of information to the use of academic, peer-reviewed, and primary resources available within the Hesburgh Libraries. Dr. Kelly and I formulated a lesson that get at the heart of information literacy within the context of a Writing & Rhetoric course. The following writing assignment focuses on first year undergraduate students getting connected to information resources that will alow exploration of various points of view and themselves as contributors and consumers of information that contributes to the scholarly nature of rhetorical analysis.
Contributor: Leslie L Morgan
Resource Type(s): Lesson Plan
Discipline(s): English
Type of Institution: University
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
All incoming first year undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame are required to take a course entitled The Moreau First Year Experience."This two semester sequence helps new students to make a meaningful transition to collegiate life at Notre Dame by integrating their academic, co-curricular and residential experiences." (http://firstyear.nd.edu/current-students/courses-for-first-years/fall-courses/moreau-first-year-experience/) This is the information literacy assignment completed by students during the fall semester. 
Contributor: Leslie L Morgan
Resource Type(s): Lesson Plan
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Framework as a Whole
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA