Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology
In this course, students will be exposed to the basic components of information literacy: the ability to determine what information you need, where it is, how to get it, how to organize it and how to present it.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the difference between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom;
- Describe the concept of information literacy and illustrate how it relates to information use in different information settings;
- Assess and explore information needs and develop research questions regarding information needs;
- Evaluate different types of information resources (government sources, libraries, Internet, etc.) for content, reliability, and applicability;
- Search effectively in online catalogs and databases, Web and print resources;
- Apply the tenets of information literacy to specific tasks and demonstrate the correct use of information in the resulting outcomes;
- Construct a repertoire of search strategies for organizational/content management; purposes;
- Critically evaluate search results and adjust as needed;
- Identify and describe the operations of a basic computer and a computer communications network;
- Construct basic electronic documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and a database using appropriate software to disseminate information;
- Identify and describe the roles of current technologies for the handling of information in information organizations;
- Define information literacy and then describe the negative and positive effects on individuals and society in general for both high and low levels of information literacy; and
- Consider and respect the intellectual property rights of those who create information and knowledge they are using.