Session B3

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

News in the Classroom: A Pathway to Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Civic Engagement  

Holly Hitzemann (CNM/BIT/Business Administration) 

Carlsbad, 1:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

“News plays a critical role in helping students navigate and understand the world, engage with social and learning communities, and participate in a democracy…" (Project Information Literacy). This presentation will inform attendees how college students currently ingest news, the challenges in deciphering objective news, and provide recommendations on assignments that can provide a platform for critical thinking and enhanced subject engagement. A 30-minute presentation highlighting current expert studies and findings will be followed by a breakout into teams to create an assignment in their subject area(s) that follows best practices. Teams will share their assignment ideas. Attendees should bring a cellphone or laptops. 
Upon completion of this session attendees will: 

  • Understand and evaluate recent information literacy research findings 
  • Review expert guidance on enhanced use of news in the classroom for all subject areas 
  • Create multiple assignments in various disciplines which can be immediately incorporated into current curriculum(s) 

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