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Integrating information competencies into your courses

October 21, 2010

Library faculty at Hunter have created an Information Literacy Commons consisting of digital learning objects that can be integrated into Blackboard course sites and other online platforms.  These learning objects were selected to align with information literacy standards set by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

In this session, Jean-Jacques Strayer demonstrated the latest incarnation of this project, which builds on work from his FITT 2009 project.  Learning objects in the Information Literacy Commons have been reviewed and selected by library faculty, who looked for learning objects that are engaging, modular, freely accessible, and self-paced.  Some use scenarios to illustrate concepts; others use the voices of students to appeal to students.  The learning objects are organized under five headings: Framing the Research Question, Accessing Sources, Evaluating Sources, Using information Effectively, and Using Information Responsibly.   

The collection has been annotated by the library faculty with information such as why each learning object was selected, how long it might take to complete, and whether it includes an assessment component.  Visitors to the Information Literacy Commons are able to rate and write comments about the resources.  Future plans include adding resources that help students in capstone and graduate courses acquire the necessary skills.

Sarah Ward discussed how she has worked with Hunter faculty to incorporate digital learning objects and other resources in individual courses by creating course guides. Sarah worked with English 120 faculty to create a course guide for the class that includes handouts, embedded videos, and links to recommended resources.  Similar guides have been created for many courses and disciplines using the library's Libguides software.  Faculty who are interested in creating similar guides can enlist the help of the library faculty subject librarians.