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Bad information about ____________ is everywhere, and many common searches on the web return misinformation. We can choose to see this situation in terms of the "information environment", and bad or poor quality information as "information pollution" that degrades the information environment we all share. But we don't have to accept this situation as inevitable. We can, as students and scholars, make the information environment better.
For the Improving Our Information Environment activity you will, along with your partner or group, identify a question about ____________ for which the current top Google results are either flawed or incomplete. You will write up that question and answer it for posting to the Digipo site ( www.digipo.io). If you wish, you can choose submit your question and answer for permanent inclusion on the site, which normally will result in your answer coming up in Google responses to the question you chose (permanent submission to the site is optional, not mandatory, and acceptance may be dependent on quality).
Your work will be assessed on the following criteria. These criteria are all derived from the goal of the assignment: to produce useful, accurate information that people can understand and feel they can trust.
Examples of previous exemplary work:
You can get started by reading the first four chapters of Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. (Read through the chapter titled "Reading Laterally"; the four chapters should take about two hours total). This text shows you how to use the web to sort low quality sources from high quality ones, and trace information to its original souce.
The links to the documents you will use to compose your answers will be posted in Blackboard, as will more detailed grading criteria.