Presentation Title

Using Mindfulness Practices to Teach Information Literacy Through a Social Justice Lens

Location

PARB 128

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

In this session, I will discuss how I designed a credit-bearing information literacy course centered around social justice issues. During the course students are asked to critically examine the influence of structural oppression on information production and access. The combination of social justice topics integrated into the information literacy lessons provides some common context for students as they apply the skills taught in the course. I realized that students were often racing through the course from one assignment to the next just trying to get to finals. This presentation will explore how mindful practices can be deployed in the classroom to help students slow down and forge a deeper connection to the topics being discussed throughout the course and improve knowledge retention.

Presentation Description

In this session learn how mindfulness techniques used in information literacy instruction encourages students to critically engage with course content and their classmates. Teaching information literacy through the prism of social justice adds an additional layer of complexity to the curriculum. Students were not taking the time to develop a deeper understanding of the course materials beyond what is required to complete the assignments. Through mindful practices students are encouraged to slow down and gain a deeper understanding.

Session Goals

  • Introduce participants to mindfulness exercises that can be used in a classroom setting.
  • Explain how mindfulness techniques improve student learning outcomes.

Keywords

Mindfulness, information literacy, Instruction, critical thinking, teaching librarian

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 10:00 AM Feb 21st, 11:15 AM

Using Mindfulness Practices to Teach Information Literacy Through a Social Justice Lens

PARB 128

In this session, I will discuss how I designed a credit-bearing information literacy course centered around social justice issues. During the course students are asked to critically examine the influence of structural oppression on information production and access. The combination of social justice topics integrated into the information literacy lessons provides some common context for students as they apply the skills taught in the course. I realized that students were often racing through the course from one assignment to the next just trying to get to finals. This presentation will explore how mindful practices can be deployed in the classroom to help students slow down and forge a deeper connection to the topics being discussed throughout the course and improve knowledge retention.