Wish I’d said that …

Mark Pegrum said…
There are two main strategies students (and for that matter, the rest of us!) need to learn. One is to ask questions about the origins, authorship, history, accuracy, objectivity, completeness, currency and relevance of every digital document they come across (I know that sounds like a long list, but it eventually becomes second nature). The other is triangulation, i.e., comparing and cross-referencing each document with other sources, whether online or offline. Incidentally, I agree with Meredith that checking one other website may not be enough, especially as a lot of information is simply recycled between different websites. The amount of triangulation you need to do depends on how hard it is to answer the key questions about origins, authorship, etc.

These two strategies – asking key questions, and triangulation – together add up to ‘information literacy’ or ‘critical literacy’.


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