Dear All, My department has decided to introduce our math majors to information literacy via our one-semester course in introductory discrete mathematics, which I will be teaching. Obviously the internet will play a big role in this. We would like the students to gain experience finding information, evaluating what they find, using it in the course in a project or report, and correctly referencing the sources. I know about the MAA and the AMS websites, which often have good stuff, and google and wikipedia and wolfram's site are a great way to start, but we would like to get beyond googling and and wiki and give students a wider knowledge of good sources they can trust.
The topics in our course are logic and sets, relations and functions, vertex-edge graphs, recursion, and combinatorics (with an introduction to boolean algebra and combinatorial circuits if time). Algorithms are emphasized. Our textbook is Dossey, Otto, Spence, Vanden Eynden: Discrete Mathematics. The prerequisite for the course is Functions and Graphs (Precalculus or College Algebra). A lot of our students are CS majors, but not all of them.
I am starting out myself to prepare this course with google, wikipedia, etc. But does anyone have any favourite websites or sources or books for enrichment topics, or interactive demos, or projects, or history, or great mathematicians, or tips, or even information literacy itself, etc., that might be appropriate for helping students in a discrete math course come to terms with all that info out there. In other words, how do you help your students become information literate?
Thanks for any tips.
Anne Dow Department of Mathematics Maharishi University of Management Fairfield, Iowa 52557 USA