Most youths may be tech savvy, but they lack 'digital literacy,' report says. I found this interesting article at the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The author is Leila Fadel. I do not think that there is anything here that would surprise a librarian but I am always glad to read when higher education faculty are becoming aware of the need for information literacy.
From the site:
Of 10,000 high school and college students asked to evaluate a set of Web sites last fall, nearly half could not correctly judge which was the most objective, reliable and timely, according to preliminary results of a digital-literacy assessment. The Information and Communication Technology Assessment was administered by Educational Testing Service, a New Jersey nonprofit organization.
“What we’re finding is not only does it [digital literacy] need to be taught at the higher education level, it needs to be taught a lot younger than that,” said Terry Egan, project manager for the assessment. “I’m hoping that having an assessment like this available is going to change the paradigm of what people think is important to test and important to teach.” Students may know how to use an Internet search engine, but professors have complained that the online information students use is not reliable, said Mary Jo Lyons, information literacy coordinator at UT-Arlington.
Now, some professors are requesting seminars to teach students about the library catalog and the approximately 200 computer databases available to them at the UT-Arlington library. But unless specified in a class, information literacy seminars are not required.