Information Overload

We are bombarded by information constantly, some of which we seek and some of which we seek to avoid. In order to live full and healthy lives, we need and search for information about our work, classes, health, social lives, finances, hobbies, relationships, and much more. There is a great deal of information available, in many formats, of varying quality and usefulness. It is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated by this flood of information or to settle for the first resource discovered regardless of quality or suitability. In order to navigate the information overload in our everyday lives, it is necessary to understand the concept of information, including the ways that we need, seek, evaluate, create, communicate, protect and organize it. This course covers topics including information creation and publishing, information literacy, fake news, seeking and evaluating information, privacy and trust, information access and ethics, scam and fraud, and personal information management. After taking the course, you will be able to: 1) Use, evaluate, and communicate information for problem-solving in different contexts; 2) Understand how and why information is created and how this affects your information use; 3) Develop personal information management strategies; 4) Understand issues related to information access, ethics, and privacy and how they relate to your life.