ACT UP (10 mins.)
Students will be introduced to the ACT UP acronym and asked to explain why evaluating Internet sources is critical to learning new information. The following prompts can be used to engage students in discussion:
As the students respond and engage in discussion, emphasize the different criteria of the ACT UP acronym and define it. Some examples:
Strategic Searching (10 mins.)
Students will be asked to search for reliable sources to understand justice and equity in the present day. Introduce this activity as one in which students will find answers about inequalities, protests, issues, or controversies in one of the following themes. How you frame this assignment will depend on the content of your course.
Ask students to select one of the following themes to learn about:
The instructor takes a facilitator role in this activity and guides students through searching and exploration, prompting students to try different search terms.
Web Source Evaluation (20 mins.)
The goal of this activity is to find one Internet source that can be useful for their classmates to learn about their social justice theme and how it manifests in the present day.
Instructors should encourage students to explore different elements of a source (e.g. “About” section, links throughout, the author’s other contributions, other pages on the containing website). They should be referred to the ACT UP criteria and asked to answer for each one.
They will use ACTUP criteria to determine if the sources they've found are valuable to their research.
Students will identify a source that they can use for learning about their social justice theme and generate a well-reasoned conclusion in a paragraph using the ACT UP criteria as a basis for their reasoning.
Students will submit their source to the Broward College Social Justice LibGuide. They will click on the Submit a Resource tab and fill out the form, adding their reasoning and the link to find it.