Although students have a difficult time verbalizing why a source is reliable and scholarly (or why it is not), they often declare the information as good or bad with ease, and are often correct in their determination. The struggle becomes great when they must determine when enough information is enough. In this session, attendees will learn of some real-life examples that can be worked through with students to illustrate when and why finding more information is a good idea. The main example centers on nursing undergraduates and embedded Information Literacy sessions in their foundation classes. Most of these students are now considered health professionals in the eyes of their families and friends – and thus are often asked questions dealing with health concerns that run the gamut. The challenge: To help students recognize that finding information is only the first step; they must then evaluate that information and determine if they need more; and in the process turn information into knowledge that they can apply to the situation. The solution: To present students with real-life, relevant, and memorable examples, in which they must determine what choices to make and what consequences those choices will produce. The students become engaged when they understand that having the right – or the wrong – information can seriously impact their lives, and not just a grade on a paper.
Discover, Connect, Engage - Creative Integration of Information Literacy: Papers and Session Materials Presented at the Thirty-Third National LOEX Library Instruction Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky 12 to 14 May 2005
information literacy; engagement; real-life examples; health sciences; exploding head syndrome; information evaluation
Wiegand, S. (2007). Exploding head syndrome: Engaging students through real-life examples. In T. Valko, S. Fabian, & R. Stevens (Eds.), Discover, Connect, Engage: Creative Integration of Information Literacy - Papers and Session Materials Presented at the Thirty-Third National LOEX Library Instruction Conference (pp. 97-100). Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian.