Using The Filter Bubble to Create a Teachable Moment: A Case Study Utilizing Online Personalization to Engage Students in Information Literacy Instruction

Allyson Valentine, Laura Wukovitz


Engaging students in information literacy instruction is often a challenge. The authors discuss ways they adapted information literacy instruction at York College of Pennsylvania based on concepts discussed in Eli Pariser’s book, The Filter Bubble. By approaching the students with a course theme that was interesting, timely, and personally relevant, the authors were able to break through student’s own filters to explore higher level information literacy concepts and critical thinking. Students took a personal interest in the topic, which translated into greater student engagement and increased participation. It also fostered deeper reading and reflection about how information is communicated and used by a variety of audiences.

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