Schedule of Events
Hangouts on Air (TBD)
Join Ian O’Byrne and Greg McVerry for a 15 minute netcast on remixing the web and remixing the web for credibility.
Join us for our third Twitter chat when we discuss how design affects credibility. Thursday 9:00 pm. Use the hashtag #QuestionTheWeb
For this make you will have to remix three webpages:
- The first page you are going to hack is an author’s bio page. You want to remix the credibility of the author. How is she projected as an expert? What can you change to make her more or less of an expert?
- You will then remix a webpage to change the credibility of the sources used by an author. In argumentative writing who someone cites is just as important as what that person says.
- You will then consider how design affects credibility. We will think about how both rhetorical and visual design influences purposes and perspectives.
This course uses Mozilla’s webmaker badges when applicable. Participants who complete this make will be able to submit the makes from this cycle for the Credibility Badge and the Remixing Badge. As a webmaker mentor I can then issue the badge.
You will also be well on your way to meeting the requirements for the Composing:Maker badge.
Why Teach Credibility through Remixing
Credibility, like most literacy teaching, is best taught when learning is production centered and collaborative. I also believe that metacognitive checklists, while invaluable, are not sufficient. Too often students taught to use credibility checklists rely on surface levels of meaning to judge the quality of websites.
They will remark, “This has the answer I am looking for,” or “,This article is really wrong,” and after checklist training, “It has no spelling mistakes, is a .org, an about us page, plus it’s really long and has the answer I am looking for…so it must be true.”
By remixing websites for credibility we create a production based method to examine source credibility at smaller and smaller units of meaning (plus students may pick up some HTML on the way).
How to Teach Credibility Through Remixing
We will use X-Ray Goggles to remix websites.
- Create a webmaker account
Hack the News. Go to a newspaper and change a headline and an image.
Blog about the process and share your makes using the hashtag #QuestionTheWeb.
Points to Ponder As we Co-Learn
- What are the markers of credibility students use?
- What makes an author an expert?
- How do we teach students that design affects meaning?