Draw the Research Process
Instructions: Draw, describe, or write what the research process means to you. Feel free to be as creative as you like. You can create a comic, PowerPoint, mood board, short story, etc. These questions might help you get started.
Purpose: Critically evaluate news sources, both as an individual source and with the assistance of evaluation websites and tools.
Open the 7th edition of the Media Bias Chart.
Select at least four news outlets. Try to get a variety across ideology, political spectrum, and country of origin. The top quadrant on the Media Bias Chart is a great place to start.
Compare the news sources, considering these questions:
In all sources, but news sources in particular, the reputation of the publication matters almost as much as the individual articles. For example, you never want to use any of the sources in the lowest quadrant of the Media Bias Chart (unless you were critiquing them) because their reputation proceeds them and it'll be very difficult to demonstrate credibility. Across these four news sites, compare what you see.
Find a Copyright Case
Purpose: Understand the real world legal, ethical, and practical implications of copyright law and other intellectual property.
Instructions: Find an example of a real-life Intellectual Property case. Most of the most famous ones are copyright cases, particularly in music or film, but you can also use cases about patents, trademarks, or trade secrets. Answer the following questions about this real case.
Create a Plagiarism Tutorial
Instructions: Create your own tutorial to help other students avoid plagiarism, cite correctly, or use information ethically. You can focus on plagiarism as a whole or select a specific aspect, such as self-plagiarism, common knowledge, real world examples of plagiarism, consequences of plagiarism, a specific citation style, Turnitin, paraphrasing, or things to watch out for.
Be as creative as you want. You might make a PowerPoint, draw an image, create an infographic, write a story, create a social media page, or make a video.
Information Literacy in the Workplace
Purpose: Practice information literacy skills beyond UTM, particular in your chosen career path.
Instructions: Create a scenario using information literacy skills in your job hunt or future career. This should be specific to a particular job. You can use your chosen career path or a dream job (Tiger trainer? Professional mermaid? Underwater basket weaver?).
Include at least 2 information literacy skills:
Example: My workplace has an outdated dress code that doesn't permit tattoos, piercings, or unnaturally colored hair. The dress code was last updated in 2005, and cultural attitudes have shifted since then. I want to petition my HR to write a new dress code with updated information. I do a Google search to find other public dress codes in similar industries. I compile a list of the dress codes that have a more relaxed policy, giving a link to the URL, the title of the company, and the date it was updated. I write a few sentences summarizing the dress code. I email some of these companies asking how their dress code affects their day to day operations and client interactions. I use this information to provide evidence that changing our dress code will be a positive for my organization. I create a storyboard to present my ideas to HR, demonstrating appropriate proposed changes to the dress code.
In this example, I searched for info via Google, informally cited my sources, summarized information, and provided evidence for my argument.