Smart in Any Setting


Internet Literacy


An Overview


The Internet is a dynamic resource.  At times it can be viewed as all-encompassing. In this sometimes overpowering milieu, students need the ability to access and navigate through new worlds of knowledge.  All too often students lose valuable time in futile searches for relevant and factually sound information.  The key to unraveling the treasures of the ubiquitous Internet is to become proficient in the New Literacy.  This will empower students with  the ability to successfully formulate researchable topics, as well as use search engines to locate relevant information. They must then be able to evaluate such sites, as well as understand and synthesize the content under consideration.  The skill sets I propose will enable students to use these newly found proclivities to succeed in such endeavors.  Resultantly as they acquire advanced expertise in Internet Literacy, they will promote their personal agendas as well as their careers. Encapsulated, the sum of the course’s capacities embrace the ability to access, evaluate, comprehend, summarize, and synthesize key data in a timely manner. 

Internet Literacy is comprised of four modules involving the formulation of research questions, the creation of key words and phrases for search engines, and the evaluation of websites.  Lastly, it will address web-page information gathering, comprehension, note taking, and summarizing strategies.  Blackboard, a learning management system, constitutes the technical foundation for this course. This system encourages learners to actively pursue interconnectivity with the content, the software, other students, and the instructor. Once logged in to Blackboard the student can access the syllabus, announcements, activities, assignments, turn-around times, discussion forums, teacher contact information, grades, benchmarks for performance and online etiquette, and more.  In addition, once at the course site adult learners will be able to e-mail classmates and teachers, utilize blogs and wikis, and use software related to podcasts, voice threads, and video streaming.  However, all modules can easily be transposed into a hybrid model where technology supplements face-to-face learning.




Module 1

Smart in Any Setting Creating Research Questions

Module 2

Smart in Any Setting Keyword Search Strategies

Module 3

Smart in Any Setting Evaluating Websites

Module 4

Smart in Any Setting Webpage Literacy