How trustworthy are our sources? The above video talks about the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument, uploaded by TED-Ed. Although the users’ faces don’t all show their faces in the video, the end credits list the names of everyone involved in its creation. Anita Collins, who wrote the lesson, is an Australian educator and researcher in the field of music education. She works to understand the relationship between music education and cognitive development, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and has won numerous awards. The creators of the video aren’t trying to sell anything or make any money from it and don’t require viewers to provide any personal information. It seems like the creators are passionate about the topic and benefit from educating people about the benefits of music. To that end, the content of this video is definitely trustworthy.
In an era where fake news is running rampant across the internet, it’s especially important to consider the authors of a source and their motivations behind creating a particular piece of content. My colleagues and I have to be careful who and what we cite in our individual blog posts as well as in our collaborative campaign. When discussing a topic like music education, it’s important that we look into the people behind a piece of content and determine whether they may have special political interests or something to gain monetarily. By considering these factors when doing your own research, you’ll be sure to stay informed too!