Instructions: Technology makes vast amounts of information (and misinformation) readily available. The challenge is navigating this sea of information. Our goal for your general science education is to develop your scientific literacy. A critical skill you must develop is the ability to find reputable sources of academically and scientifically credible information. There are many sources of high-quality scientific information on the open web; you just need to learn how to spot them by identifying any “green” or “red” flags.
For this week’s Initial Post:
1. Evaluate the source by explaining why it is or is not an academically and scientifically credible source of information.
A. Provide a minimum of three pieces of evidence to support your thoughts and state if they are green or red flag examples.
Some evidence to consider is the credibility of the author as a subject matter expert, the quality of the reference sources included in the article or lack thereof, the credibility of the publisher or website, etc. Review the Source Evaluation Cheat Sheet.
Green-Flag evidence example:
Red-Flag evidence example:
B. Based on the evidence you have provided, state if you feel this source is an overall credible source.
2. Provide a reference for your source in APA reference format (version 6 or 7).
For Responses to classmates this week:
Evaluation: Follow the Weekly Discussion Grading Criteria for expectations for posting and replying to peers. Note: Keep your reply posts focused on the week’s topic and anatomy & physiology. They should be substantive and demonstrate understanding to be eligible for maximum credit.
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