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  What is Information Fluency? UCF defined information fluency as “the ability to perform effectively in an  information-rich and technology- intensive environment.” Simply put, information fluency is the ability to gather, evaluate, and use information in ethical and legal ways. Information fluency encompasses and integrates three important skills: information literacy, technology literacy, and critical thinking. These three skills are not mutually exclusive but overlap in many areas. Using these skills means having the ability to communicate information in appropriate and effective ways, which is an important measure of information fluency. Fluency means not just accessing information on the Web, but creating your own Web  pages. Not just downloading MP3 music files, but creating your own digital-music compositions. Not just playing SimCity, but creating your own simulated worlds. (Resnick 2001) Why do I need to be information fluent? Research has shown that information fluency is vital to university students' academic achievements and professional successes and will contribute to their lifelong learning  processes. Increasing your information fluency quotient (IFQ) will make you more valuable to employers and to corporations as you move beyond the university environment and into the workplace. Improving your ability to think critically and to extrapolate useful concepts and ideas from existing information into new applications will continue to be a valued and crucial skill in the 21st century work place. How can I improve my information fluency skills? One way to become more information fluent is to find out where you are. By taking a critical thinking skills test, such as the ICT, you can get an idea of how information fluent you are right now, and if there are any areas that you might need to work on in order to improve your information fluency skills. You can also use the UCF Library and the University Writing Center  to help you become more information  fluent. The Library and UWC have resources to help you learn to research and communicate more effectively in your classes and in the workplace. What will I be able to do when I learn these skills? As an information-fluent graduate of UCF, you will be able to:    articulate the problem in a selected context    recognize the need for information to address the problem    identify the available information sources (domain)    iteratively collect, analyze, and assess (evaluate critically) the relevant information    integrate new information with pre-existing knowledge and context    draw conclusions    effectively communicate results and decisions    follow up on actions What is UCF doing to help me become more information fluent? UCF is beginning the process of integrating and infusing information fluency into  both the curriculum and the culture on campus. Individual departments and  professors are implementing information fluency initiatives into their classrooms, and the office of Information Fluency is providing support to students, faculty, and staff as we begin the process of bringing our QEP focus on information fluency to UCF. What info can I find on this website and what will be available in the future? Visit the UCF if website frequently for updates on what’s going on with UCF and information fluency. We will offer grant opportunities for both students and faculty, if contests and prizes, and updates about critical thinking skills tests and resources. What is the ICT literacy assessment? The ICT literacy assessment is one of several tests designed to measure information fluency and critical thinking skills that will be administered at UCF over the coming months. Some students, including 158 Nursing students, have already taken the ICT  to help the University assess where we are now with regards to information fluency, and more tests will be offered during the Spring semester. Are there any grant opportunities for students? We are offering grants to students in the Spring 2007 semester for developing their own information fluency enhancement projects. Solution Fluency What gives a problem solver the edge they need? The ability to define the problem and see it clearly? Thinking critically from multiple perspectives and visualizing  possibilities? The drive to create and deliver a solution and conquer any challenge? It’s all of the above. And it’s what Solution Fluency is all about.   Let's Walk You Through It The 6Ds process of Solution Fluency  —  Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, Debrief   —  are your path to gaining superhuman problem-solving skills. Learn how to tap into that power in this video. Media Fluency The ways we communicate continue to evolve intellectually, emotionally, and technologically. How can we apply critical thinking to the messages in our media, and use what we learn to create effective messages of our own? Media Fluency is about interpreting and leveraging the messages you and your students experience everyday.    Creativity Fluency . The power of creativity adds meaning to virtually every product and organization in existence using innovative design, visual appeal, and storytelling. The arts are no longer ornamental — they're fundamental. There's creativity deep within all of us, and Creativity Fluency  helps you make it shine. Do Digital Ethics   With technology becoming an integral part our daily lives, it is important that students today have knowledge of digital ethics. Practicing good digital ethical behavior means using media appropriately and respecting the privacy and property of oneself and others. We face the challenge of trademark and copyright infringement, especially when it comes to the Internet. The copyright law of the United States states that, any srcinal literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, architectural and audiovisual work that is fixed in some tangible medium or expression is protected and belongs to the author. Copyright laws give authors exclusive rights to their works. Often people believe that if words, images, video, etc. are on the Internet for all to see, that anyone is entitled to it and that is not true. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. Their program, NetSmartz Workshop, is an interactive, educational program designed for children ages 5 to 17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. Their goals are to:    Educate  children on how to recognize potential internet risks.    Engage  children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks.    Empower  children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult. Common Sense Media is another wonderful resource that provides quality instructional materials to share with students and help make digital ethics and online safety clear for students of all ages. Create a quick login to be able to access video, pdf, and other digital content to use to help students stay safe online.
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