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Participants in 2003

- Sonja Darlington developed two research assignments for her Education in a Democratic Society (101) class. To broaden their educational experience beyond the local area, students will search for policies, philosophy, curriculum, student population data, etc. as presented in a school web site. Another assignment involves identifying and researching women educators using a variety of sources.

- Sadique Isahaku made plans to incorporate information literacy concepts into his Education of Diverse Learners class, including identification of research interests, using the web to prompt student generated research questions, identification of authentic sites, and testing for reliability and validity of claims from online sources. He also has been developing electronic portfolios for assessing student performance.

- Nancy Krusko reworked an assignment for her Medical Anthropology class in which students select a health issue and research both its epidemiology as well as anthropological approaches to the problem. In past years, students generally did not develop the anthropological content of their papers, so Nancy plans to give two assignments leading to the research paper. First, students will create an annotated bibliography of sources on anthropological aspects of the health issue. Second, they will find sources on epidemiology and create a poster to illustrate the epidemiological patterns of the problem.

- George Lisensky developed materials for his FYI on nanotechnology. This is a rapidly developing area, so reliance on the web for the latest information is expected. But with the range of sources available, from cutting-edge scientific reports through uninformed opinions and speculations, it's important for students to be skilled at evaluating information. George prepared web pages for his students on evaluating sources, information literacy discussion questions, and assignments.

- Sylvia Lopez prepared a library exercise for students in a course on the fantastic and paranormal in 19th-Century Spanish literature. The purpose of the exercise is to familiarize students with reference sources and other library materials in preparation for research on terminology, literary periods, literary theories and criticism.

- Melanie Schneider created a Research Process Self-Evaluation Form to assess what students think they already know. She expects that students will particularly need to develop their abilities to find and document sources. Melanie has also prepared materials which assist her linguistics students with analyzing research questions, understanding boolean operators, and developing a search strategy.

-Larry White, who participated in the 2002 Information Literacy Forum, returned in 2003 to make a presentation on evaluating the validity of claims. His ideas were spurred by a discussion of evaluating information according to heuristics such as an author's affiliation or whether a web site has a .com or .gov address. Larry presented an algorithmic approach to evaluating claims. See the outline of his presentation, Helping Students Learn How to Evaluate the Validity of Claims.