This lesson is designed to help students think about the value of information - as a commodity, as a means of educating, and as a means of understanding the world. Through reflection and discussion, we’ll explore our roles as both information consumers and information creators, and we’ll talk about information that’s freely available and information that’s not.
Learning outcomes...students will:
Consider who has access to information and who does not, and how this relates to the value of information.
Explain the importance of crediting others through proper attribution of sources.
Describe, in basic terms, the concepts of peer review, copyright, public domain, and the digital divide.
Reflect on their roles as information consumers as well as information producers.
Explore the Library’s Copyright Research by Subject guide
Be prepared to give the rest of the class a very basic overview of the types of materials protected by copyright and what’s meant by the concept of fair use. Why are these concepts important for us to consider and understand?
Explore the concept of peer review. Begin by watching and taking notes on this video clip.
Be prepared to share with your classmates what peer review means, and how the concept of the value of information relates to peer review.
This group will explore and present information to describe paraphrasing. Watch this clip, and as a group, create a brief list of tips to help classmates understand paraphrasing.
How is this relevant to the idea that information has value?
Your group will focus on the commodification of personal information.
How does the information you search for impact what you see elsewhere online?
Come up with examples where you see evidence of that happening.