How Do K-12 & Academic Librarians View Student Understanding of Website Credibility?

This is the first of six blog posts, discussing what EasyBib learned from a second round of analysis of our information literacy surveys, which were administered earlier this year. For more information about how you can be the first to know about our findings, click here.

We’re ready to dive deeper into the next round of analysis of our information literacy survey of 10,000 students and 1,200 librarians. This week’s question?

How would you rate your students’ level of understanding

on properly evaluating a website for credibility?

 

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What did librarians and students tell us about research and critical thinking?

Both school and academic librarians agree–our students may not have the deepest understanding of how to evaluate a website. Do they know how to look for currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose (or CRAAP, for those of you who use that method)?

K-12 Librarians

Elementary and middle school librarians say that over 60% of their students only have a rudimentary understanding–but that’s to be expected! Young students are just getting to know the web, and the earlier they learn, the better. We’ve got encouraging news from the high school librarians: they say 50% of their students have a rudimentary understanding (compared to that 60% at the elementary and middle school level), while 46% are at an average level, and 4% are advanced. K-12 district librarians are even more upbeat about website credibility comprehension, saying that almost 60% of their students have an average understanding.

What about academic librarians? How did this year’s data compare with our 2012 survey? Keep reading to find out!

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Professional Resources on Distance Teaching & Learning, Straight from #uwdtl14

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VFS Digital Design (CC BY 2.0)

The 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning took place last week in Madison, WI. With so much discussion of MOOCs, online degree programs, and technology to improve distance learning, I knew there was going to be a lot to learn about at this year’s conference.

While I didn’t attend in-person, I was keenly tracking the hashtag to see what I could learn from the attendees and stellar presenters. Check out this aggregation of tweets, SlideShares and Diigo pages to see what resources you can continue to use, even though the conference is over!

Want even more resources to help you improve your distance teaching (and your students’ learning)? Sign up to receive free instructional materials to support your online instruction!

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The 11 Newest and Hottest EdTech Tools for 2014-2015

HOME-2It’s almost time to start the school year! Here’s a look at some of the newest and hottest edtech tools!

 
 

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This pocket sized, portable projector allows you to quickly project from your mobile phone, ipad, or other device. Now that classrooms and libraries are shifting their furniture to reflect more of an open learning space, being able to quickly project a student’s presentation or a video seems pretty cool.

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What 10,000 Students Told Us About Information Literacy

A couple of months ago, we announced the initial findings of a survey that we conducted with over 10,000 EasyBib users and more than 1,200 librarians and educators. In the meantime, check out this interactive presentation, featuring videos, polls, infographics and more, summarizing some of the major points from our initial report.

Want to learn more? Click here, or submit your information as you go through the presentation to be the first to know about the latests statistics from our in-depth report.

 

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