NCompass Live: How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias’, on Wednesday, December 13, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

In a culture that is increasingly filled with biased argumentation and rhetoric, it is critical for information professionals to educate our students and patrons on the nature and pervasiveness of bias in everyday information consumption. In order to teach students how to recognize bias, the Composition II Instruction Team at Criss Library developed a learning module centered on determining political bias in online news articles. Based on student feedback and incorporating active learning activities, the module was adapted throughout the spring semester.

Additional feedback led to the development of a workshop focuses less on political bias in particular, and more on bias as a whole: what it means, and how to identify it. The goal is to help students across campus and disciplines understand how to be more sophisticated consumers of information, both in academia and in everyday life. The presenter will discuss the evolution of the instruction module through the semester and how the workshop was developed. The presenter will also discuss how student feedback informed this evolution, describe the feedback received about the workshop, and how the instruction team plans move forward from here.

Presenter: Erin Painter, Reference Associate, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Dec. 20 – Best New Teen Books of 2017
  • Dec. 27 – The Next Best Thing to Having Your Own Gigabit Internet
  • Jan. 3, 2018 – Best New Children’s Books of 2017
  • Jan. 31, 2018 – The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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