My dissertation research at the University of Michigan School of Information combines my three areas of interest: Information Literacy, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and online credibility evaluation. I am designing and building an online collaborative learning tool called "InCredibility" to support students in learning to become more effective evaluators of online information.
This research explores areas of overlap and synergy between the three fields by applying IL teaching models to the evaluation of online information without being limited to print-based criteria, linking online credibility evaluation research with IL practice, and employing CSCL principles in a discipline-neutral learning tool that can be applied to generic online searching. The InCredibility tool guides students through the process of evaluating online information in an interactive, learner-centered format. Using the tool, students learn key criteria of information credibility evaluation (authority, purpose, reliability, currency and relevance) and how to apply them to make evaluations online, and they receive repeated practice and reflection on their own credibility evaluation work and that of their peers.
More broadly, I'm interested in the realms of digital media and learning, 21st century literacies, and digital humanities.
I look forward to learning about the research projects of other HASTAC Scholars!