HBD3810

Navigating the Digital Landscape

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the course is to initiate and mentor students in their understanding of the uses, purposes, and functions of information in a digital landscape.  It is intended to serve as a primer on information science, research technologies, and analytics creation.  Students will learn about a multi-faceted framework of guidelines and competency standards to fully understand the innate ramifications of information creation, collection, usage, storage/recall, organization, and value.
As further enrichment, students will also study the foundational elements of “Digital Citizenship” with the focus of implementing an ethical overlay to the information literacy framework.  Digital Citizenship is the term for the behavior and responsibility of technology users in an increasingly online society.  The responsibility, empowerment, and appropriateness of online information behavior are divided into elements that allow students to evaluate the worth and ethics of their “digital persona” and credentials.  The course will also highlight basic research skills and terminology to help prepare students to discuss and accomplish research output models and methods in collegiate and professional settings.


COURSE PREREQUISITES:

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COURSE COMPETENCIES:

The following represents the course competencies for this class.  The course utilizes a series of statements to define and clarify the role of information in society, commerce, education, and behavior.  Students in the course will gain a greater understanding of information literacy, terminology, context, and value toward the goal of using information in a responsible and productive manner.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  1. Describing different types of information authority, such as subject matter expertise (e.g., scholarship), societal position (e.g., public office or title), or special experience (e.g., participating in a historic event);
  2. Identifying research tools and indicators of information authority to determine the credibility of sources; and understanding the criteria that might change this credibility;
  3. Assessing the fit between an information product’s creation to match a particular information need;
  4. Stating the purpose and unique criteria of terms like copyright, fair use, open access, and the public domain as they apply to digital information;
  5. Applying informed choices about online actions impacting privacy and the commodity of personal information;
  6. Differentiating between various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry;
  7. Critically evaluating contributions made by others in information community environments;
  8. Confirming that a work of information may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on any given issue;
  9. Matching information needs and search strategies to appropriate information search tools;
  10. Discussing the increasingly social nature of the information ecosystem where authorities actively connect with one another and sources develop over time;
  11. Distinguishing between correct and incorrect ethical and legal applications and uses of information within a society, community, or organization.

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