Reflecting on Topic 2


Nielsen worldwide

On how to find reliable and authentic information online…

I found this topic an interesting yet challenging one. In addressing the topic it’s so broad it’s hard to focus on just one of the topics involved and in the word count. This led me to do a broad overview on the three literacies introduced in the MOOC ‘Learning in the Network Age’. These literacies are a lot more complex and connected then I first thought. I have summarised the tips repeated in my sources from my blog and created a top tips video available below:

Understanding through discussion

After reading other blogs and Tom’s comment on my post I question the use of the ‘three literacies’ as tools of educating people to find reliable and authentic information. For the students of #UOSM2008 we understand digital literacy but for the average person these concepts are not accessible and require an easier way of understanding how to tackle the problem of ‘fake news’ and being critical of finding information online. Games like ‘BadNews’ are trying to tackle this problem and making the audience aware of how and why people may share ‘fake news’ and I find this method of education to be more effective as its more relatable.

Comment on Tom’s blog.

Comment on Ryan’s blog.

Questioning my Digital Literacy

Looking back at the introductory topic post where I did the digital self-test the first section was ‘accessing, managing and evaluating online information’.

Digital Self-test

Before reading into topic 2 of evaluating the reliability and authenticity of data I had a basic view of what this digital skill involved. However after I have looked into it and found the SCONUL resource on information literacy (which almost resembles a marking criteria) I would mark myself much lower, at around a 2 or a 3, guilty of not being critical enough of the information I gather and share online.

Word count: 305


SCONUL (2015) ‘Digital Literacy Lens on the SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy’ [online] Available at: [accessed: 12th Mar. 2018].

University of Southampton (2018) ‘Learning in the Network Age’ [MOOC] Available at:



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