Module 4: Value of Information

This module focuses on the norms of academic information creation and the factors that affect access to information. There are two knowledge outcomes and two dispositions that make up this module.

  • Outcome 4.1: Recognize the rights and responsibilities of information creation.

    Performance Indicators:

    4.1.1: Identify reasons why plagiarism is prohibited.
    4.1.2: Determine whether or not a passage is plagiarized.
    4.1.3: Identify appropriate citation options when using material from a source that is cited within the source at hand.
    4.1.4: Identify the type of plagiarism when presented with a plagiarized passage.
    4.1.5: Recognize the benefits of copyright protections.
    4.1.6: Given a list, select the purposes of citation.
    4.1.7: Recognize the rights or interests of an author's sources.
    4.1.8: Recognize that where a source is found has no bearing on whether or not the source should be cited.
  • Outcome 4.2: Recognize social, legal, and economic factors affecting access to information.

    Performance Indicators:

    4.2.1: Recognize how reporting on the same event offers disparate levels of coverage when the sources are written to be disseminated in different venues.
    4.2.2: Identify the relationship between individuals' organizational affiliations and their access to information.
    4.2.3: Identify reasons that some people's views are not disseminated to the larger community.
    4.2.5: Identify the meaning and scope of the concept of intellectual property.
    4.2.6: Identify the circumstances in which one's personal information may be used by other individuals, groups, and organizations.
    4.2.7: Identify reasons that access to information may be restricted, including copyright, licensing, and other practices.
    4.2.8: Distinguish among the common reasons that information may be freely available, including open access, public domain, and other practices.

Disposition 4.1: Mindful self-reflection

Learners who are disposed to demonstrate self-reflection in the context of the information ecosystem recognize and challenge information privilege.

    Example behaviors:
  • Considering how to use existing intellectual property to spur creative work without violating the creators' rights.
  • Participating in informal networks to reduce disparities caused by the commodification of information.
  • Recognizing and suggesting ways to reduce the negative effects of the unequal distribution of information.

Disposition 4.2: Responsibility to community

Learners who are disposed to demonstrate a sense of responsibility to the scholarly community recognize and conform to academic norms of knowledge building.

    Example behaviors:
  • Accessing scholarly sources through formal channels.
  • Avoiding plagiarism in their own work and discouraging plagiarism by others.
  • Recognizing the value of their own original contributions to the scholarly conversation.