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My Topic/Purpose

Development of Reasonable Analysis: I will develop a mini course that will address issues surrounding digital media in global society and protocol for approaching those problems. The course will dwell heavily on such concepts "digital literacy," "digital citizenship," and "information literacy." By gaining a firm understanding of these concepts and the developed protocol the learner will become more capable and aware when handling information in digital form.

Needs Assessment

PROBLEM: Regardless of education, learners often suffer from misconceptions or misinformation acquired throughout their life (Private Universe Video). In the Information Age, how does one sort through the endless amounts of data and arrive at an answer quickly,accurately while also being confident in the data? All too often, a learners inability to determine what is relevant and credible information leads to a situation where misconception and misinformation can destroy the "scaffolding" needed to support future learning endeavors.

INSTRUCTIONAL SOLUTION: The learner will gain an understanding and appreciation for critical thinking and critical analysis that will influence future interactions with information. Specifically, web based data.

LEARNERS: This course is intended for online learners with little to no prior understanding of the subject. While it is not aimed at a specific age group the content will serve as an introduction to the topics.

INSTRUCTIONAL CONTEXT: Although the course is presented online the material can be repurposed to be used in an offline context.

GATHERING INFORMATION: The basis of this assessment came as a result of my own teaching experience with concepts like digital citizenship and media literacy; that accompanied with recent literature about the topics as well

SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: During my own time as an ESL teacher I witnessed a large percentage of students exhibited difficulty when dealing with web based content. All too often learners could not determine authenticity of various materials, something even native speakers are frequently guilty of. More information on the topic of MEDIA LITERACY and DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP further supported the assessment.

PREREQUISITE SKILLS:

In order to participate in this mini-course learners must have:

  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Basic knowledge of how to navigate the web
  • A willingness to learn!

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Intended Audience- This program is designed for both instructors and students, it is also intended to be viewed by the general public for anyone that would like it increase their understanding of critical web based analysis

Main Objective of Mini-Course The goal of the course is to help learners develop skills to be able to better evaluate and critically analyze information in web based form.

Performance Objectives

Learners will achieve these outcomes:

  • Achieve the ability to analyze and evaluate web based media content with a critical lens.
  • Possess understanding of web based media analysis including definitions and methods.
  • Gain an appreciation for spotting false or unsubstantiated materials.
  • Evaluate performance of web based media analysis by using self-assessment techniques.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, learners will be able to

  • (Knowledge Level) find relevant and trustworthy web based content
  • (Comprehension Level) classify web based content as being reliable information or unreliable information
  • (Application Level) use methods of critical analysis to classify web based content
  • (Analysis Level) differentiate between reliable sources and unreliable
  • (Synthesis Level) integrate analytic methods into everyday interactions with web based content
  • (Evaluation Level) evaluate their own understanding of critical analysis by participating in a "web quest."

Task Analysis

Unit 1: Intro to Web Based Content

Learners will:

  • Complete two lessons that detail the problems with and solutions to dealing with web based content
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the pitfalls of interacting with web based content by reflecting on their own personal experiences
  • Watch a brief video regarding Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy

Unit 2: Content Analysis: Introduction to Critical Analysis and Critical Thinking

Learners will:

  • Complete one lesson and review three external sources relating to critical thinking
  • Inspect two external sources content using Critical Thinking techniques
  • Utilize their skills by identifying five common fallacies

Unit 3: Fact Checking and Additional Research

Learners will:

  • Finish the lesson and inspect two sources related to research and fact checking
  • Watch a tutorial on how to perform advanced web searches
  • Demonstrate their learning of research and fact checking by answering three multiple choice questions

Unit 4: Webquest Self Assessment

Learners will:

  • Complete a lesson and be presented with one external resource about Webquests and a rubric for the Webquest for this mini-course
  • Utilize the skills in the previous lessons to participate in a Webquest
  • Wrap up the lesson with a self assessment by grading the results of the Webquest

Curriculum Map:

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