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    Otterbein University
  Dec 14, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1003 - Navigating the Informational World

Hours: 4
We all are bombarded by large amounts of information that reach us in a variety of formats and through various channels: books, journals, emails, websites, streaming videos, audio podcasts, blogs, MP3, social networking sites, etc. While enjoyable, this large variety can also make us feel overwhelmed and disoriented. Especially during college, when we are being asked to navigate these complicated information networks in an efficient and timely manner, it becomes crucial to know how to access, evaluate, and select the right information, but also to be able to identify the role of information in defining us as individuals within the local and global communities that we inhabit. These skills will also prepare us for the challenges of a continuously changing job market and train us to become independent, competent, and reflective information users. This course will provide an introduction to the practice of effective and ethical information use in order to help us achieve academic and lifelong success. We will investigate various sources and types of information, ask questions about the role of information and technology in shaping our identities, and discover the best strategies for making information an integral part of our academic and professional lives.