Information Design

Information Design the ordering of information into a logical schema that help users understand and navigate texts, especially hypertexts, website, and databases.the use of meta tags to empower knowledge workers to facilitate information dissemination, document securitythe efforts on the part of knowledge workers to make texts easier to accessible and usableefforts to facilitate sharing (e.g., data migration across diverse communication media (infographics, blogs, podcasts, websites)web site design, interoperability standards with other software tools

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Information Architecture

Caution: This is a rough draft. Please check back in a bit to check out our revisions... Information Architecture concerns the ordering of information into a logical schema that help users understand and navigate texts, especially hypertexts, website, and databases.the use of meta tags to empower knowledge workers to facilitate information dissemination, document securitythe efforts on the part of knowledge workers to make texts easier to accessible and usableefforts to facilitate sharing (e.g., data migration across diverse communication media (infographics, blogs, podcasts, websites)web site design, interoperability standards with other software...

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21st Century Literacies & Writing Studies

Writing Studies is an academic discipline grounded in the humanities and education rather than STEM. Some theorists and researchers in Writing Studies have shared the STEM community's curiosity about the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies in writing processes. Back in the 1980s, for instance, writing theorists such as Robert Boice wrote beautifully on the psychology of writing. And the creative writing community has long since been fascinated with the writer’s character, or psyche. Since the 1950s, the The Paris Review, has published numerous interviews of writers, asking them to talk...

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Critical Literacy

Critical literacy concerns critical readingis concerned with rhetorical analysis of power relationships. engages students in metacognition and self reflection about the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose of knowledge claims.

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Information

Information is the message that the rhetor aims to communicatethe message the rhetor conveys even if unconsciously, unintentionally, subliminallythe message the audience infers from reading or listening. Examples of information, messages are Synonyms: Message, Evidence, Content, Data, Subject Matter, Details People share, critique, and develop information by engaging in literacy practices (reading & writing). Information may be conveyed symbolically through languages medium, texts, genresconveyed nonverbally. For example, people experience sunlight, darkness, and weather as a form of information. Information is encoded in languages--i.e., symbol systems. Thus, literacy--the practice of reading...

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Literacy

Literacy is "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute" (UNESCO 2006)."the ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential" (National Center for Education Statistics) "the ability to read and write in home, workplace, and community settings." (See World Bank, https://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/ed-stats.) “One hears a great deal of protest today about the lack of interest in reading. Much of this protest is justified, but the implication which it often carries is not, for it often...

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Purpose (The CRAAP Test)

Purpose, as used by Librarians or Information Theorists (as opposed to the way Rhetoricians reference Purpose) concerns questioning What can you determine about the source's purpose? Does it have political, ideological, cultural, or other biases that may slant the information? Purpose is one of the five critical reading concerns proposed by Sarah Blakeslee (2004): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose. See Also: Purpose (Rhetoric) When gathering information to use as evidence in your research project, you need to pay careful attention to the purpose of the source. Ask yourself if the...

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Currency

Currency refers to perceived validity of a rhetor's knowledge claim to a particular discourse community/community of practice at a particular moment in time. Currency is one of the five critical reading concerns proposed by Sarah Blakeslee (2004): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose. Scholarship is a conversation and ideas evolve over time. That's why it's so important to question whether the information you have is up to date. Thus, current research may reinforce or, alternatively, repudiate prior research.  Readers--and this is especially true of teachers in school settings as well as...

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Authority

Authority refers to the perceived validity of a rhetor's knowledge claim. Evaluating the authority of a resource means to consider the whether the author is qualified to write on the topic and if the publisher is trustworthy. Who is the author and what are his or her credentials? Is it written for an academic or for a general audience? The Authority of a text may be considered independently from its Currency. Authority is one of the five critical reading concerns proposed by Sarah Blakeslee (2004): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose....

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Accuracy

Information from unreliable sources is not always true, up-to-date, or accurate. Using unreliable sources weaken the credibility of the writer, dilute the writer’s argument, and detract from the overall strength of the text. Accuracy is one of the five critical reading concerns proposed by Sarah Blakeslee (2004): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose. While the Internet provides a plethora of information on almost any topic imaginable, not all of its content can be trusted. Students should be cautiously selective while doing research and avoid sources that may contain unreliable information: Popular...

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