Civic online reasoning
Discovery of published information by early-career science faculty
This report is part of collaborative work done by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Washington to understand the role of libraries in supporting research productivity in their institutions.
The Project Information Literacy retrospective
The findings in this publication detail the challenges that students experience when interacting with information for college courses, in everyday life, and the workplace. The recommendations put empirical research into the hands of frontline educators, who may use them to inform everyday practice in teaching...
Six fact-checking lessons for kids
This book presents version 1.0 of educational resources created to develop fact-checking best practice in children aged 9–11. It can be used by teachers and teacher-librarians in schools, by parents who want to discuss information literacy with their children, or by children on their own.
Policy responses to false and misleading digital content
This working paper examines the emerging risk of false and misleading digital content and the role media literacy can play in empowering children.
Paradoxes of media and information literacy
This publication contributes to ongoing conversations about control of knowledge and different ways of knowing. It does so by analysing why media and information literacy (MIL) is proposed as a solution for addressing the current information crisis.
Don't take it as read
Too many Australians leave school with language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) skills gaps that limit opportunities and life choices. This inquiry report finds that improving adult LLND skills in Australia will help individuals find meaningful employment, earn higher wages and achieve personal fulfillment.
Indigenous digital inclusion plan: discussion paper - September 2021
This discussion paper provides a basis for stakeholder consultations supporting development of the Australian government’s Indigenous digital inclusion plan. It provides an overview of issues relating to digital inclusion for Indigenous Australians, including identification of barriers to digital inclusion and the role of existing programs...
Science and health misinformation in the digital age
This report highlights three case studies of science communication and misinformation — climate change, vaccines and COVID-19. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners and government agencies to combat misinformation and its effects in science and health policy.
Dismantling the evaluation framework
For almost 20 years, instruction librarians have relied on a variety of models to teach students how to evaluate printed and web-based materials. This paper presents a new evaluative approach for teaching students to see information as the agent, rather than themselves.
The edge of the infodemic: challenging misinformation in Aotearoa
This report provides insights from a nationally representative survey of 2,301 New Zealanders on a range of interconnecting issues relating to misinformation and how this may lead to real-world harms and a general loss of trust.
Data for Good Collaboration: research report
This report presents key findings from a research partnership, which involved the design and delivery of a series of webinars that built data literacy; and participatory data capacity-building workshops facilitated by teams of social scientists and data scientists.
Are 15-year-olds prepared to deal with fake news and misinformation?
Preserving democratic values and reinforcing trust in public institutions relies on having well-informed citizens. This paper argues that students must develop autonomous and advanced reading skills, that include the ability to navigate ambiguity, and triangulate and validate viewpoints.
Mapping the current landscape of research library engagement with emerging technologies in research and learning: final report
Technologies that have emerged or become ubiquitous within the last decade have profoundly changed the ways that scholars, students, and the general public create and engage with information. This report identifies strategic opportunities for research libraries to adopt and engage with emerging technologies, with a...
Australian code of practice on disinformation and misinformation
This code of practice has been developed by the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI), a non-profit industry association that advocates for the interests of the digital industry in Australia. DIGI members include Google, Facebook, Twitter and eBay. It is a response to a request from...
News use across social media platforms in 2020
To better understand the ways Americans get their news in the digital age, the Pew Research Center surveyed 9,220 American adults from 31 August to 7 September 2020. This report outlines the findings.
Online safety for young people with intellectual disability
This research report explores the benefits and challenges of engaging online for young people with intellectual disability from the perspective of young people themselves, their parents, carers and educators.
Seeking legal help online: understanding the 'missing majority'
This research was funded by the Victorian Law Foundation to help better understand the attitudes and behaviours of people looking for and using legal self-help resources online to solve common civil law problems. The aim is to inform better design and deployment of digital self-help...
Australian perspectives on misinformation
This report proposes common-sense media literacy techniques to help prevent the spread of misinformation, as well as a series of experimental steps to reach out to conspiracy believers.
Creating a student-centered alternative to research guides: developing the infrastructure to support novice learners
Research and course guides typically feature long lists of resources without the contextual or instructional framework to direct novice researchers through the research process. This research offers academic libraries an alternative approach to existing methods of helping students.
COVID-19: Australian news and misinformation
This report is based on a national online survey of 2,196 Australians aged 18 and older, conducted between 18 and 22 April 2020. It examines how and where Australians are getting information about COVID-19, which sources they find trustworthy and what impact the intense news...
Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia: a position paper to guide code development
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released this position paper outlining its expectations for a voluntary code or codes of practice on misinformation and news quality to be developed by digital platforms.
Prevention in the age of information: public education for better health
Tackling preventative illness must remain a top priority for the government in the 2020s. This report argues that the UK government must deliver a paradigm shift in prevention policy from interventions that ‘blame and punish’ to those that ‘empathise and assist.’ The aim of prevention...
How prepared are teachers and schools to face the changes to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic?
Insights from TALIS 2018 shed light on the level of preparedness of teachers and schools to adjust to new ways of working in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow education systems to learn from the crisis and be better prepared for the...
Who we turn to for information and how much we trust it: health information versus general information
Who do we turn to for health information and how much do we trust that information? Last year, the Policy Lab ran a representative survey of 1,000 Australians – as part of the Australian Cooperative Election Survey – to look at this very question. This...
Digital inclusion and COVID-19: CSI response
Australia’s response to containing COVID-19 needs us to be more digitally connected than ever. This fact sheet focuses on the need for access, affordability and improved ability.