Image of vegetable ingredients on a table. Credit: Syd Wachs.
You use the internet all the time, just as you eat food all the time. Just as eating food does not make you a skilled cook, using the internet does not make you a critical thinker about the internet. To understand why certain foods, say a samosa or tamale, taste so good, we need to look at their ingredients, and how those ingredients are combined. We call this combination of ingredient list and instructions the recipe, and the lesson below is a recipe for using the internet as a critical thinker in higher education.
I can fix it!
A common definition of the internet.
How do internet addresses work?
Unpacking a URL
The internet is always right, right?
The web does not exist, you make it.
What to do when things go wrong?