Presentation Title

Information Literacy as the Link in First-Year Learning Communities

Location

Room 1220 A/B

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

As part of the QEP at Armstrong State University, each first year student enrolls in a learning community which includes a First Year Seminar and a core course. Information literacy connects the two courses even though the core classes range from Biology to Theater. Information literacy skills are taught in the seminar, and then used and assessed by completing a researched project in the core course. This presentation will detail the challenges encountered and the innovative ways librarians and teaching faculty have found to use information literacy to link the courses. Instructors in core courses in varying disciplines have developed, assessed, and revised information literacy projects over the past 3 years as their understanding of first year students—and information literacy—has evolved. The discussion will focus on how the projects adapt to the limitations of first year students in the discipline while at the same time developing meaningful skills that can be built upon in subsequent major courses. The presenters will discuss the new level of collaboration between instructional and library faculty members. In addition, collection and assessment methods will be described and the primary program assessment rubric will be shared and discussed.

Presentation Description

Using information literacy to link two courses in first-year learning communities has resulted in some expected—and unexpected—results. Instructors in varying disciplines have developed, assessed, and revised information literacy projects over the past 3 years as their understanding of first year college students and information literacy has evolved.

Keywords

first-year, information literacy, assessment, QEP, learning communities

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Oct 1st, 9:45 AM Oct 1st, 11:00 AM

Information Literacy as the Link in First-Year Learning Communities

Room 1220 A/B

As part of the QEP at Armstrong State University, each first year student enrolls in a learning community which includes a First Year Seminar and a core course. Information literacy connects the two courses even though the core classes range from Biology to Theater. Information literacy skills are taught in the seminar, and then used and assessed by completing a researched project in the core course. This presentation will detail the challenges encountered and the innovative ways librarians and teaching faculty have found to use information literacy to link the courses. Instructors in core courses in varying disciplines have developed, assessed, and revised information literacy projects over the past 3 years as their understanding of first year students—and information literacy—has evolved. The discussion will focus on how the projects adapt to the limitations of first year students in the discipline while at the same time developing meaningful skills that can be built upon in subsequent major courses. The presenters will discuss the new level of collaboration between instructional and library faculty members. In addition, collection and assessment methods will be described and the primary program assessment rubric will be shared and discussed.