Summing up the the Instrucational Design Essentials:

Evaluating journals/articles – comparing scholarly vs popular journals/materials

Applying the backward design, the learning outcomes will be the following

Overarching goal : Finding criterias in order to evaluate if a journal/article is academic or not

  • Using the library homepage and the a-z list in order to find a journal
  • Develop evaluating critera in order to distinguish a popular vs a scholarly journal/article.
  • Apply the developped criterias in order to highlight the differences between the two found articles.

I will measure the learning outcome by setting up the following scale.

  • Ok: Finding two criteria
  • Good : Finding three criteria
  • Excellent : Finding four criteria and explaining well the four criteria

Take into account situational factors such as that students might have heard about evaluating resources and finding journal articles via the library web page. Ask those students to teach other students to teach what they know or guide the less knowledgeable/experienced students.

Technology used is the instructor workstation and a big screen. Students use their own laptops to work in pairs or computers in the class room.

Taking a mainly constructiviste approach, I will design the instruction the following way:

  • I would like students (working in pairs on one computer) to dive into the AUP Library homepage themselves and search for a specific article (about shopping in the Nov 2013 issue) in the following popular journal (‘Psychology Today’).
    • Using the library homepage and the a-z list in order to find a journal 
  • Ask a student pair to show how they found the article on the instructor screen/computer.
  • Ask the other students if there is another way of finding the article and what they would do differently (peer assessment + ‘fish bowl’ approach)
  • In a next step, I would ask students (in pairs) to describe the journal and ask if they believe if this is a academic journal or a popular journals and justify their choice. Ask students to use post-it notes and stick their criteria to the journal title page (including their names)
    • Develop evaluating critera in order to distinguish a popular vs a scholarly journal/article.
  • Let students find a definition of popular journals on the library homepage and ask them to share their search result with everybody
  • The article in ‘Pysychology Today’ refers to a study in the ‘Journal of Consumer Research’ by Peter Rieks.
  • Ask students to find this article via the library homepage and compare the two articles.
    • Apply the developped criterias in order to highlight the differences between the two found articles. 
  • Assess students performances according to the scale above
  • Opening up the discussion to current newspaper articles or webpages students use in order to apply the developped criteria to ‘real world’ discussions

Give immediate feedback to students when they share their search results (pair-share exercises) in order to apply the idea of formative assessment. Motivate and engage student by taking over the instructor computer to teach the peers what they know.

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