Sphere of Discourse

Submitted by Beth Hoppe on February 18th, 2019
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Short Description: 

This activity provides an interactive, student-centered, fun opportunity to explore skills of critical thinking and evaluation of resources. By allowing students to connect those things that they already know (even if they don’t know they know it) to larger concepts, we encourage them to trust themselves and to begin to develop their intuition as scholars, moving away from checklists and formulas for resource evaluation and toward a thoughtful critique of sources based on individual need and use.

Learning Outcomes: 

Describe different sources of information
Articulate benefits/drawbacks of information sources
Consider information as influence
Investigate role of various media in different forms of "conversation" (scholarly, popular, etc)
Define library spaces/terminology/sources

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

The Sphere of Discourse works well in courses that may traditionally get an orientation to the library. It can be modified to work for specific disciplines or contexts.

Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 

This activity requires space!

Suggested Citation: 
Hoppe, Beth. "Sphere of Discourse." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2019. https://projectcora.org/assignment/sphere-discourse.