Module 1 – Information and Data Literacy is meant to strengthen teachers’ ability to identify and deal with their own and their students’ needs for data and information. More specifically, this module focuses on the teachers’ ability to find, read, select and work with data in order to turn them into useful information and then communicate them in their classroom context.
The activities and tools presented aim to encourage learners to identify their information needs with concern to open data, which nowadays is not just a trend in our digital world, but can also play a crucial role in our everyday lives and within the educational environment, too.
Inspired by Competence area 6.1 of DigCompEdu, the present module will provide teachers with a variety of learning activities, assignments, assessments and tools, covering both “explorer’s” and “expert’s” level, to make them able to:
- articulate information needs, search for data, information and content in digital environments, to access them and navigate between them
- create and update personal search strategies
- adapt search strategies based on the quality of information found
- analyse, compare and critically evaluate the credibility and reliability of sources of data, information and digital content
- organise, store and retrieve data, information and content in digital environments
- organise and process information in a structured environment.
Although it may seem obvious, many people mistakenly assume they know enough about a topic, which can lead them to waste time working with outdated data and incomplete information. Information and data literacy skills address a number of abilities and concepts that can help us determine exactly our needs in information, data and digital content under various circumstances. Such issues are at the heart of this module, followed by exercises that will help teachers develop their fluency in this area.
During this process, some critical concepts are taken into consideration, such as basic safety rules, sources of open data, basic open data manipulation tools, as well as the importance of licensing and the case of Creative Commons Licenses.
A thorough analysis is beyond the scope of this module; besides, a complete presentation of each topic could be a full course by itself. The main purpose is to facilitate the teachers’ digital competence in the area of information and data literacy and stimulate them for further search so as to improve their digital and teaching skills.