We turn to the Internet everyday for information about little things like when a local store opens, as well as about much bigger issues like how to manage critical health conditions or who to vote for. The search results we see first aren’t necessarily the most relevant; they may appear at the top of a list because that site has been visited often or because a company or organization has figured out how to “game the system” through “search engine optimization” (SEO). So how, in an effort to better understand an issue and to find trustworthy information, do we and our students sort through the overload of online information with a critical eye and with awareness of the biases that algorithms sometimes reflect? Click restraint - the practice of quickly scanning search results before deciding what to click on - is one piece of the puzzle. We’ll introduce how to teach about it in this short presentation.
Baer, Andrea and Kipnis, Daniel G., "Click Restraint for Critical Online Source Evaluation" (2022). Presentation at the Rowan Teaching Connection Spring Mini-Conference Great Ideas for Teaching Students, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Edition. Libraries Scholarship. 34. https://rdw.rowan.edu/lib_scholarship/34
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