Students often report that the evaluation skills taught for academic research do not often translate when it comes to information-seeking in their personal lives (Project Information Literacy Research Institute, 2018 and 2020). In this presentation, we will describe lesson plans, interactive exercises, and reflection activities we have developed to engage students with topics such as the critical evaluation of the news, how to search for underrepresented perspectives in news coverage, personal data collection by private companies, search algorithms and identifying explicit bias in the results, surveillance capitalism, and recommended privacy and security practices.
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The Balancing Act: Evaluating Information Outside of the Classroom