Promote an Accurate Understanding of the Past

The issue of recognizing real versus “alternative” facts has become an increasing problem. However, teaching people about information literacy in a clear and concise manner may help to resolve this problem. Teaching information does not have to be done using a large PDF and check list. Instead, we can try focusing on a few key aspects to focus on, especially when it comes to digital resources: what is the site claiming, who is responsible for it, and where does the information come from. Focusing on just a few key points will be easier to remember as well as to apply in practice.

While teaching information literacy is important, it doesn’t mean anything if the people can’t find the answers to the questions. The information needs to be quickly identifiable. Part of our responsibility when creating digital media is to prominent illustrate the goal, responsible part, and resources used. We should also try and use best web practices and modern web standards whenever possible. Studies show that people determine some aspects of credibility by google rank/where it appears in a search result. Following best web practice standards and incorporating good SEO practices can help provide better rankings. I think one could argue that the way a site looks could also influence whether or not people find it credible. While there are other factors that determine rankings (including bubble filters), it is still up to us to take every step possible to promote a more accurate understanding of the past.

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