Information Overload Exercise

As part of a module I teach we explore information overload (see theory paper) and to bring that to life I’ve set this practical exercise.

Jackson – Information Overload Theory

Q. Before you try and find the following information from the web…think about how the information overload theory can be applied:

  • What’s the quality of information novel and/or complex?
  • What’s your capability of searching for these types of things
  • Can you complete the task within 15 minutes
  • Personal factors – on top of your game today?
  • Task – have you done this before – do you know which search engines are best to use.
  • Quality of information good to make an informed decision?
  • How much information is out there – too much to look through in the time available?
  • What methods are the searching engines using to help you?

Q. What is the name of the below and what is the range of costs?

One:

Two:

Three:

So time is up…how did you do? Did you know what they are called and how much they might cost?

Reflection:

  • There are many different search engines out there – it is likely that just one will not be able to find all the answers you need. How many did you use?
  • How much time did you waste looking for these items?
  • In the workplace time is money!
  • Could there be a better way?
  • Could you improve your skills for searching?
  • Could the systems be improved to help you?
  • Would it have been easier to ask someone, rather than use the internet?
  • Would you know the right person to ask?