Spotting Bad Science and Scholarship

I became aware of this infographic a while back, and wanted to comment on it, both in relation to science and also in terms of how it relates to other fields.   Some of the details are relevant only to the natural sciences – there is no way to double blind test a historical reconstruction. [Read More...]

Critical Thinking

My colleague Elizabeth Mix gave me the idea for this song, suggesting that a song on one of our core curriculum student learning outcomes, “Critical Thinking,” would work to the tune of “Eleanor Rigby.” Let me know what you think. The lyrics are in the video above (click on the image if it does not [Read More...]

Fact-Checking Wisdom

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Wise and Foolish Questions

Commenter Hydroxonium mentioned the first quotation. In looking for it, I found the second one as well. Both seemed worth sharing. [Read more...]

Easter War on Information Literacy

It is always particularly disappointing when those who classify themselves as freethinkers and skeptics share nonsense. This image is making the rounds again in precisely those circles: Candida Moss has a great article on what is problematic both with such claims about Easter being borrowed/stolen in this way, and with the reverse, namely Christian claims [Read More...]

Saddest Search of the Internet Age

One of the reasons I focus so much attention on information literacy skills, and require students to not merely say “I found it on JSTOR,” is that it is important to know how to cope without resources that we normally rely on. The best example of this in our time is relying on Googling for [Read More...]

Navigating the Internet’s Wastelands

This post started with my coming across this XKCD cartoon (HT Marc Cortez) after having had some information literacy discussions in class just before, and having gone in class onto the second page of Google results: I had used our desire to win arguments and prove others wrong using our smartphones and other devices as [Read More...]

Credentials in an Age of Blogging

Ben Witherington shared the cartoon above. One of the challenges in teaching information literacy and fluency skills is that many of the lines that once distinguished experts from others are not merely blurred but invisible in the internet age. Op-eds for the Huffington Post may be written by people with high levels of expertise in [Read More...]

Library Instruction and Student Success

The image below is a small version of an infographic created by Julie Anne Kent (the full sized pdf version is here). I'm gearing up to teach again, and as regular readers know, information literacy (and where possible information fluency) are important emphases. What are some of the best tools, guides, and infographics you've come [Read More...]

Four Levels of Questions

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Google Glass in Class

I have the opportunity to be one of the Google Glass Explorers and try out this new technology early. As someone who teaches information literacy skills, I’m very interested in seeing how it might or might not integrate into classroom use – whether by the professor alone, or at some point when most people have [Read More...]


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