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Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy eCourse
Dawn Stahura
Item Number: 1541-9031
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $199.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning October 31, 2016 and continuing for 5 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Dawn Stahura

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:
  • Understand how to adequately assess your instructional sessions
  • Understand how you can incorporate popular-culture themes and narratives into one-shot instructional sessions and full-length information literacy courses
  • Be able to create a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme

In this course, Dawn Stahura will offer you two tools that can make it easy to liven up your instructional sessions—popular culture and assessment. Learn how to incorporate pop culture into your instruction—through your weekly assignments, you’ll build a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme. Along the way, you’ll learn about how you can effectively assess your instruction by engaging with students to discover your strengths and weaknesses.

eCourse Outline

Week 1: Introductions, Assumptions We are Making and the Problem We are Facing


  • To define information literacy instruction and active learning
  • To identify typical problems in library instruction

Week 2: Solutions! Bringing Pop Culture Themes into Information Literacy


  • To introduce various pop culture themes and how they can be used in library instruction
  • To assess a past session and identify how it could be improved

Week 3: Scenario 1—Database Instruction


  • To describe typical problems in database instruction and pop culture solutions
  • To create ways to present database instruction

Week 4: Scenario 2—Evaluation and Citing Sources


  • To introduce various methods of evaluation instruction
  • To create your own evaluation lesson based on a pop-culture theme

Week 5: Assessing Your Sessions and Course Conclusion


  • To describe how pop-culture themes can carry into session assessment
  • To construct an assessment tool for use in a future class

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on October 31, 2016. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Dawn Stahura will monitor discussion boards regularly during the five-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Dawn Stahura is a Research Services Librarian at Simmons College, specializing in Africana Studies, Sociology, Education, Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. She has taught information literacy courses using the premise of a zombie apocalypse to engage students in the material, and she currently teaches one-shot instructional sessions. Stahura recently co-authored the article “Teaching with Zombies: Bringing Information Literacy Back from the Dead,” which appeared in the July issue of C&RL News.


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