- Replaced one shots for first year courses with many sections
- Assigned a tutorial beforehand
- 75 min. of research time outside of class
- Everyone briefly meets with a librarian
What we learned
- Saw more assignments & the sticking points
- Sustainable in small numbers but was harder when they became popular
Q1: What info lit elements were included?
A1:Deeper elements: scaffolding & project purpose Surface level elements: research process; topic choice; and finding, evaluating, and using information.
Q2: How are information formats presented?
A2: Format types mixed in with other categories (e.g. primary, secondary, scholarly, popular, vendor). Scholarly formats prioritized. Variety of sources emphasized
The Missing Library
The Implied Library
"journal articles" "academic journals" "scholarly articles"
Project help, offers of assistance, guidance from texts
Inconsistent classification of information types
- “include at least 2 valid and reliable sources”
- “You must have . . . at least 3 different types: book, article, website, etc.”
- “at least 6 scholarly sources and a few popular sources”
- “secondary sources [to] support your argument with both scholarly publications and online sources"
- “One source must come from a governmental or nonprofit agency, such as a study or data compiled by the Center[s] for Disease Control or a university or another not-for-profit type of organization.”
- “At least one source must come from . . . one of the library’s databases.
Flexibility & Specificity
Flexibility: Variety & Vagueness
- “Identify a current issue facing your community”
- “You should have a variety of sources, in multiple mediums (journal articles, books, web pages, etc.”
- “Do some research” or “Research your topic.”
- “several body paragraphs that incorporate your research”
- “2 or more sources included”
- Citation style
- “Therefore, each SWA [small writing assignment] will lead up to the MWA [major writing assignment] so that you are as prepared as possible”).
- “The ad critique is a microgenre of the larger genre of Rhetorical Analysis.”
- “think [of] sources that help you build a foundation, or introduce you to new ideas and concepts that you may not necessarily use in your final project.”
Librarians as Gardeners
The most pressing need during the next three-to-five years is for practitioners to further develop and articulate the Framework locally at various curricular levels.
This process involves experimenting with arranging the seeds provided by the Framework within and across campus curricula as a gardener would strategically plant seeds in fertile soil.
- Donna Witek (2016)
Gen-Ed Pilot Assessment
- Key finding: information literacy scored lowest of all essential skills
- Although the student may have performed well within the assignment, the rating was low because the assignment did not align with the rubric
This assignment did not require the use of external sources except for the one in-class required reading but the rubric requires synthesis of various sources
The Office of Assessment recommended training and support for GenEd instructors.
Workshop goal: Participants will become more confident in teaching information literacy skills to Gen-ed students.
Participants will be able to:
- Define information literacy
- Apply the New Mexico GenEd rubric dimensions (aka Frames) in their teaching
- Design assignments so that information literacy can actually be assessed
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