After a day of being introduced to the RSD framework, Jessy Polzer (UW- Stout’s Instruction/Reference librarian) talks to participants of the Student Research Skills symposium about Information Literacy, Information Literacy standards, and Threshold Concepts (http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~mflanaga/popupTransformation.html).
Jessy provided information about students’ and teachers’ misconceptions related to information literacy and the need to be aware of, and teach to, misconceptions about information such as:
- Google is my research tool
- Blogs, wikipedia, and the like should NEVER be used (depending on the purpose of the research question they may be viable sources)
- Information on websites with .edu or .org is always credible
Jesse followed this with an example of how a teacher might help students better understand a process related to picking suitable sources that helped answer their research question and move beyond the general guidelines typically posted for source analysis. Well done Jessy! Thank you!