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Margaret Anne Dow

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Information Literacy
Posted: Nov 12, 2009 4:06 PM
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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,
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

1-641-472-7000 ext 3431

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