An important information literacy skill is to be able to make a critical evaluation of a persuasive media object, such as a film scene or a TV commercial. Though that evaluation could be expressed in written form, an audio commentary overlaid onto the original material can allow for much more direct expression. A good piece of source material would be something that was intended to mislead the viewer, such as a political ad or a corporate self-promotion ad; the goal will be for the student to expose how that was done.
Video has become a staple in today’s media-saturated world. Students interact with some sort of video almost daily, if not every day. The creation of video also is a very interactive process that requires students to delve in deep towards their subject of study. Because video is a means in which to convey information on a much larger scope than just text can provide, students must be able to explain their ideas as well as visualize them in order for the final video to accurately represent their intended message. Students will either shoot footage that they deem necessary, create motion graphics to illustrate what a camera cannot, or a combination of both.
Say you have a bunch of numerical data from an observation of experiment that you would like to analyze and make sense of, but you quickly realize that the typical x vs y plot won’t be enough to really deliver the richness of your data, because you have many more than simply two magnitudes involved. Consider using Motion Charts.
This recipe gives students hands-on experience with searching for needed information, understanding the characteristics of different information types (i.e., popular vs. scholarly articles), and the nuances of critically evaluating information. While written for a psychology course, this recipe could be adapted for a course in most science or social science disciplines.