This animated tutorial examines the information cycle, using current events to show how the coverage and analysis of information changes over time.
Type of Material:
Independent study, homework assignment to prepare the student for a classroom discussion
Internet browser, Flash plugin, speakers
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learn how information sources reporting on an event change over time.
Target Student Population:
High school juniors and seniors and first year college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This tutorial uses current events to effectively demonstrate the concept of the information cycle. The tutorial is concise and focused and can be used as a stand-alone unit or combined with other tutorials.
Presentation uses an historical example that may not resonate with today's youth. Also, there wasn't an explanation on the connection between the information cycle and library research. Yes, newspaper articles come before journal articles in the cycle, but what does that mean for a student doing library research on a topic?
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The tutorial is progressive and clearly indicates how sources of information becomes less prominent over time as you move farther away from the initial event. The concepts are reinforced clearly and progressively, and for a relatively short presentation one is able to get a good understanding of the topic.
It would be better if the tutorial had emphasized why it is important to know about the information cycle.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This tutorial is shared via YouTube, which makes it easy to use and access. The tutorial features a clean design allowing users to focus on the material rather than "bells and whistles." The tutorial was created using Prezi (presentation software), which sometimes leads to too rapid a speed of presentation. However, the presenters generally avoided this problem by moving through most of the slides at an appropriate pace.
Some of the images of newspaper articles and other media examples appear blurry. A few of the slides could have been paused a little longer before moving on.
Other Issues and Comments:
Users may need history lesson on Columbine so they can relate to the content.
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