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Critical Thinking on the Internet

Learning to think critically about digital media and information we encounter on the web is not an entirely obvious process. The critical reasoning skills that we developed in dealing with print-based media do not always readily transfer to the digital realm. How do you determine the author or owner of a website? What tools and practices help us to evaluate the authority of information on a web site? If content on the web is not static, how can the history and development of a web site be examined? How might web-based search, and the access to information it enables, be reshaping our views of knowledge and the way we learn? This session is designed to address these questions and introduce tools and practices that can make us  and our students - more savvy users of the Internet.


By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Be able to explain the basic process by which a search engine, like Google, generates search results
  • Be able to use a range of tools and practices for determining the authenticity and authority of information on the web (media literacy skills).
  • Understand that the web is a dynamically changing space, and that there is an historical archive that can be reviewed.
  • Begin to consider ways to integrate media literacy skills into your courses. 

Session Overview


For more information, contact Jeff Nugent (7-0563 or jsnugent@vcu.edu).

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