The rubric for the first-year seminars asks that students receive sequenced opportunities to develop and hone their information literacy skills. The librarians at Collins Library are eager to work with faculty to create engaging assignments that will help our students acquire these important competencies. On this guide you will find listings of ideas for assignments that support the sequenced elements of the rubric. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be prescriptive; rather, the aim is to show the multiple ways that information literacy instruction can be woven into and throughout a course design.
For both semesters, please include the following links in your syllabi and on your Moodle course page.
These assignment and activity ideas target two underlying themes of information literacy education: the cultivation of the habit of asking questions of and about sources and the thorough understanding of academic integrity concepts. (All incoming students take a tutorial on academic integrity prior to their arrival on campus, but periodic refreshers are advisable.)
Asking Questions that Matter:
Help students cultivate a habit of raising and pursuing different types of questions: factual, convergent, divergent, evaluative, combination. Many students will begin the process by emphasizing “facts”—which can be a useful way to introduce methods for accessing background knowledge—but research questions by their very nature explore contested or undefined terrain. By developing this habit of asking open-ended questions, students will be better situated in the second semester to frame research questions.