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Researching Students' Information Choices: What's New

Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces


Find regular updates on the progress of RSIC

What's going on?

Week of November 27, 2017

The middle school and elementary school pilots are looking good. We are definitely going to see some new language from these younger students. 

Week of November 6, 2017

Santa Fe College is done! That means all the adults are done! AND the elementary school simulation is ready for testing. The OCLC folks will get to start playing with the adult data while it's "all kids all the time" for the UF group.

Week of October 23, 2017

Come on Santa Fe College students! We just need 3 more of you and we'll be done. Answer that email or call us back. 

Week of October 2, 2017

Undergraduate cohort is done! And the Middle School simulation is ready for piloting. I don't think we'll be slowing down this whole Fall semester. 

Week of September 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma through us for a loop! With school cancelations and power outages and the general chaos of the storm and its aftermath, we were forced to reschedule several of our Santa Fe College sessions. We are back on track now, and working hard to complete both our Santa Fe and UF Undergraduate cohorts. We've also begun piloting our high school cohort, and hope to really get rolling with those students this week or next.

Week of September 2, 2017

Hurricane Irma is messing with our scheduling. Go away Irma!

We have just finished testing the high school simulation. A couple of tweaks and it will be ready to go. 

Week of August 14, 2017

Graduate student cohort done! 

Week of July 31, 2017

We have officially scheduled our last graduate student simulation! Once that cohort is complete, we will be in undergraduate simulation overdrive once the fall semester begins in a few weeks. In the meantime, we are beginning to facilitate sessions out at Santa Fe College, and hope to get the bulk of those completed within a few weeks!

Week of July 24, 2017

We are rolling in undergraduate sessions (yay for the popularity of Summer B classes)! We already have more than half the cohort scheduled. Next week, we start going after the community college students. We should be getting to the end of the adult simulations just in time to start the high schoolers - the build on their simulation is almost finished. 

Week of July 10, 2017

We are in the home stretch with our graduate student cohort, with only about eight simulations left to complete. We are continuing to reach out to our remaining grad students to get them in for sessions. We have also begun sending out invitations to our undergraduate cohort, and have completed two sessions with that cohort. With it being the summer session, it is difficult to reach many of undergrads, as many of them are not in town during the summer. We are proceeding nonetheless!

Week of June 26, 2017

Half the graduate student cohort is done and we are now directing our next wave of invitations to those individuals who will fill out our demographic spread.

Week of June 19, 2017

Thank goodness graduate students stick around during the summer. We have 9 sessions this week.

Rachael Elrod is preparing to present on RSIC at an ALA preconference on Friday. Good luck, Rachael!

Week of June 12, 2017

The adult simulation is done and we are raring to go! We have 4 graduate students scheduled for the week.

Favorite quotes from our amazing student participants

"What's a preprint?" - asked by at least one student in every cohort

"Can't take newspapers too seriously" - High School student

"So Wikipedia, I would not choose. Well, I'm lying. I would choose Wikipedia." - Graduate student

Wikipedia is a "means to an end" - Undergraduate student

"The most useful sites are on the first page of Google" - Graduate student

"That was really cool" - Graduate student after finishing the simulation

"Newspapers are more biased these days" - Community college student

"Thank God for Springer" - Graduate student

"How could I possibly even cite a blog" - Community college student

"Wikipedia - I would trust it, but a teacher wouldn't" - Undergraduate student

"If it is peer reviewed, I’d say it’s highly credible without reading it" - Graduate student

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