Social Justice in Information- First Year Business Students

Submitted by Sarah Vital on January 27th, 2017
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Short Description: 

A 90 minute session with first year students in the School of Economics and Business Administration. Covered areas included overview of difficulties in searching and algorithm bias. Emphasis was on the importance to being critical consumers of information and understanding searches are not neutral.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Students are aware of the “algorithm bias” that is inherent in the technology of search engines (all search engines, from Google to library databases) and how this affects their search for information (and the concerns this bias has for social justice). Students understand ways to overcome this bias by 1) critically evaluating not just the individual resources found but also the search results in general , 2) using multiple resources for information retrieval, and 3) making use of experts and known, reliable sources

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This was a session for the required First Year Experience .25 credit course. All students have majors declared in Business Administration (including Marketing and Finance), Economics, or Accounting

Suggested Citation: 
Vital, Sarah. "Social Justice in Information- First Year Business Students." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2017.