Saturday, December 11, 2004

Students shun search for information offline. This is an interesting article at CNN. There is nothing new here or anything that librarians would find surprising. Students will not use print material most of the time if they have an online alternative. And, the students don't really care much about the quality of the information. If the professor will accept it, that is good enough for them. That which is easiest is best. I do find it interesting that the mainstream media finds this noteworthy.

From the site:

Go to Google, search and scroll results, click and copy.

When students do research online these days, many educators worry, those are often about the only steps they take. If they can avoid a trip to the library at all, many students gladly will.

Young people may know that just because information is plentiful online doesn't mean it's reliable, yet their perceptions of what's trustworthy frequently differ from their elders' -- sparking a larger debate about what constitutes truth in the Internet age.

Georgia Tech professor Amy Bruckman tried to force students to leave their computers by requiring at least one book for a September class project.

She wasn't prepared for the response: "Someone raised their hand and asked, "Excuse me, where would I get a book?"'

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