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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I have been interested and involved in ICT and education since the early 90's. In fact my introduction to the Internet predates the Web. As a librarian, I have found that technology and online educational resources have become a larger and larger area of my work. The issue today is in helping learners make sense of the vast amount of information available to them today and help them distinguish what is useful from what is not.
CRAP detection 101.
This is an acronym, developed by Howard Rheingold, (and taking inspiration from Hemingway: “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him”) to help determine the merit of information found on the Web. Four major topics areas relate to each letter: Is it Current? Is it Reliable? Does it have Authority? Does it have a Purpose or Point of View? Within all of these areas are further questions that help in the evaluation of information found on the web. I have found that this acronym helps to engage learners in the topic and does a lot to improve the image of a library service and my role. Here are two links for anyone who wishes to explore this topic further: a link to a video by Howard Rheingold http://rheingold.com/2013/crap-detection-mini-course/ and a useful overview on the test: http://www.workliteracy.com/pages/the-crap-test/
The work is as much about giving learners the abilities and critical skills in the digital world as it is about organising and making resources, in a variety of formats, available for use.
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