Write a post of 1 to 2 paragraphs.
- discuss the importance of the liberal arts in your own words.
- Considering what was mentioned in the articles, share one way that liberal arts fit into your life or your educational pursuits.
- What impact do you think the liberal arts have on ensuring continued innovation?
SHORT ANSWER INFORMATION LITERACY READ THE MODULE OVERVIEW BELOW
The resources for this module discuss the various ways that the information age has changed the way we seek out and process information. The objective of this assignment is to reflect on information literacy and how it impacts your life.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
- Explain the importance of developing information literacy skills.
- How have your information literacy skills changed as a result of the resources in this module?
- Choose the sources that were the most impactful to you from all resources you covered in this module.
- How might having strong information literacy skills impact your academic or professional career?
Budgeting is a tool used by management for performing the functions of planning, coordinating, and controlling operations of a business. Our textbook, Managing Accounting Concepts, describes 2 main types of budgeting: static budgets and flexible budgets.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
- Differentiate between the 2 types of budgets.
- Provide an example of the type of business or company that would benefit from using a flexible budget.
- Provide support for your business selection and include the advantage for using a flexible budget over a static budget.
Liberal Arts and the Lenses
What are the liberal arts? The liberal arts consist of many different fields, including history, the humanities, natural science, and social science. Each field has its own way of exploring the world to better understand it based upon different assumptions and approaches. In this course, we will call these approaches lenses because they alter the way someone might look at the world. This course will focus on four lenses, each with its own approach:
· History gives you the opportunity to study the past through documents and artifacts.
· Humanities helps you compare global cultures through their creative expression.
· Natural science allows you to examine the natural and physical world.
· Social science is the understanding of social relationships and societies.
When we are looking at an issue or event in our lives, we often jump between different frameworks to make sense of it. For instance, if we witness a car accident, we might move from a medical lens (Is everyone okay?) to a legal lens (Whose fault was it?) to a financial lens (How much is that going to cost?) to a social responsibility lens (How can we prevent this from happening again?). Similarly, looking through these lenses can help us see things from other perspectives by giving us a conscious way to analyze them, helping to broaden our worldview.
Asking the right questions, creatively solving problems, and critical thinking are skills valued by to all employers, regardless of field. Studying the liberal arts will enable you to develop these skills. In this course, we will practice looking through these four liberal arts lenses to compare and contrast how we use them to see a fuller picture of the world. Specifically, we’ll look at a topic through these lenses and reflect on how these lenses help us think about that topic in a different way. This course will use space exploration as an example. For your project, you will choose one of three other topics.
Understanding the Liberal Arts Perspective
Professionals working in history, the humanities, natural science, and social science all ask questions. Asking questions helps them gain information and discover new knowledge. But professionals from each field may ask these questions in different ways. When researched, these questions can help you gain knowledge and different perspectives. In the following modules, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic and look at it through each of the lenses.
While there are other disciplines to consider, these four—history, the humanities, natural science, and social science—provide distinct ways to explore many of the problems that we encounter within our professional lives. For instance, imagine that you are looking at the impact of an organization on its community. Each lens could tell you something important about what that impact looks like. The history lens can illuminate the long-term impact in a particular community by focusing on how changes in the organization, the community, and the region occurred. The humanities lens could provide insight into an artistic movement within a community as a result of the organization. The natural sciences could consider the biological and environmental impacts of the organization. Finally, a social science lens could extend this understanding by considering how the different groups interact, how the organization engages with the community, and how the organization economically impacts the region. By using each lens, you can gain a more nuanced understanding of what is going on in any given situation.
Information Literacy in Our Daily Lives
Information literacy is knowing what information you are looking for, how to find it, how to evaluate it, and what to do with it. Have you ever found yourself in conversation with a colleague about something that had a clear and knowable answer? For instance, you may be trying to figure out the major milestones in space exploration. Using Google search, a few articles from the Shapiro Library, and maybe a few books from your collection, you come up with a clear sense of what those milestones are based on reputable sources, and you can explain how they fit together. That’s information literacy.
Information sources vary, and finding the best resources can be challenging. We have to not only figure out what is fact and fiction but also learn how to see past our own biases. Our own preexisting view of the subject matter may lead us to choose sources that support our view, even when information exists that challenges that view. Information literacy helps us better assess our sources to seek out the truth. Information literacy isn’t just for professional and scholarly situations, though. We use information literacy every day, from looking up movie times to asking questions about articles we read on social media.
Introduction to Databases and the Shapiro Library
In this course, you will also explore why using a search engine (such as Google or Bing) may not always be the best way to find information. Information sources are varied, and it can be challenging to distinguish between fact and opinion. Exploring where and how to find reliable information in this course will help to improve your information literacy. You will explore the Shapiro Library in order to find reliable information on a topic. The Shapiro Library has articles that are peer reviewed, or proven to be reliable, and it is a resource that you will use throughout your degree program.
Using a search engine such as Google can quickly provide lots of information on a topic. However, its algorithms are focused on providing popular websites more than on providing accurate ones. In addition, these results may be tailored to you on the basis of your search history, leading to an invisible bias in the information you receive. Web results are further complicated by different sites trying to “game the system” to achieve higher search rankings. This is where using the Shapiro Library can be incredibly useful. It contains a wide range of sources, many of which include scholarly articles that are usually peer reviewed. Peer-reviewed articles are reviewed by other experts in the field to assess the soundness of the research for the purpose of publication.