Aaron Bowen

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    Usability test report for EbscoHost Discovery Service (EDS)
    (Wichita State University, 2013-05-22) Bowen, Aaron; Diamond, Wendy
    The purpose of this study is to assess how Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) is fulfilling the promise to promote student independence in searching, finding, and accessing relevant library resources. Discovery systems in general are new in libraries. The user has access to a simple-looking search box (á la Google) which is supported by complex interface customization options and a large, diverse set of meta-data and full-text content obtained from diverse databases and library catalogs. EDS systems are very high in price, so the potential value in ease and simplicity of searching must be weighed against the cost. Through observing user behavior and assessing user satisfaction, we seek to reveal difficulties with the EDS interface which could be improved with enhancements to the customizable areas of the interface. Participants were asked to give us their subjective satisfaction with content and results of searches, but we did not compare these results with an objective analysis of the content itself.
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    Multimodal combination of text and image tweet for disaster response assessment
    (Wichita State University, 2022-07-06) Kotha, Saideshwar; Haridasan, Smitha; Rattani, Ajita; Bowen, Aaron; Rimmington, Glyn M.; Dutta, Atri
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    Designing a teaching module help students recognize, avoid, and dispel misinformation and disinformation
    (Wichita State University, 2024-03-01) Bowen, Aaron; Drassen Ham, Amy
    In conjunction with the Public Health Science department at a mid-sized Midwestern university, one librarian and one teaching faculty member are producing a learning module designed to aid students in recognizing and dispelling mis- and disinformation related to public health. Focusing on key considerations in assessing how truthful or misleading an assertion is, this module will illustrate such questions as “What is a fact? What is an opinion? What makes them different from each other?” using public health-related examples. Presenters will discuss the design process they are using to craft the module’s elements, and produce it in a format that can easily integrate into the university’s learning management system. Additionally, presenters will address the challenges of designing a direct assessment tool for an asynchronous module that is not linked to specific classes or class assignments. Audience members will learn about the creative process that has gone into this teaching module with a specific eye towards how they can themselves adapt this tool or create their own for a similar purpose at their home institutions.
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    Crafting a teaching module help students recognize, avoid, and dispel misinformation and disinformation
    (Wichita State University, 2023-11-02) Bowen, Aaron; Drassen Ham, Amy
    A result of an extensive collaboration between a librarian and a public health professor, this presentation presents the development and deployment of a teaching module designed to instruct public health students in a university setting on how best to recognize and avoid (or challenge) misinformation and disinformation. Strategies for helping students understand the contours of misinformation and disinformation are presented, as are strategies for teaching them how to resist such false or misleading information. Assessing the effectiveness of these strategies, and by extension the effectiveness of the module, are presented as well. While the main audience for this presentation is likely to be academic librarians, we will discuss methods in which this module can be adapted to other library patron groups and other library settings.
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    Improving disaster literacy among middle school students for enhanced community resilience
    (2023-03) Dutta, Atri; Bagai, Rajiv; Demissie, Zelalem; Bowen, Aaron; Sclafani, Maria
    An important factor affecting the resilience of a community to natural hazards is the availability of local knowledge about a community’s vulnerabilities, available through prevalent training and education practices, as well as a community’s shared belief in addressing hardships. In this context, introducing important concepts associated with natural hazards and disaster preparedness within K-12 curriculum has significant value in enhancing the resilience of a community. This talk presents the plans of Wichita State University’s Disaster Resilience Analytics Center to host a five-day workshop for middle school teachers for the purpose of creating badge lessons for implementation in middle-school classroom. The lessons will leverage existing NASA materials related to natural hazards and will also focus on data analysis to understand the preparedness of at-risk communities. We will also discuss the organization of the workshop that ensures, on one hand, the dissemination of information, tools, and skills related to natural hazards, and on the other hand, enables participation in group collaborations to design related classrooms activities. The talk will also cover the methodology to be used in the evaluation of the workshop. An important focus is the recruitment of teachers from schools that serve underrepresented students in STEM and that serve areas at risk from natural hazards.