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An asynchronous course beginning January 5, 2015 and continuing for 3 weeks.
A facilitated eCourse led by Joanna M. Burkhardt
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 9
Certificate of Completion available upon request
In an age where information overload is the norm, the ability to understand the quality and organization of information is crucial for college students. As the gatekeepers of this information, librarians must have the ability to convey the concepts of fundamental information literacy to students. In this eCourse, Joanna M. Burkhardt draws from her bestselling book Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students to show you how to create challenging, engaging lessons and exercises that will give college students the foundation they need to distinguish between the easiest sources to find and the best sources to use. In addition to three weeks of facilitated discussion, readings and course exercises, all participants will receive an electronic copy of Joanna’s book.
- Understand the concept of Information Literacy and its importance in a modern college environment
- Understand the pedagogy behind information literacy
- Be able to create engaging lessons and exercises that will engage, challenge and teach college students
Included in the price of the eCourse is the ALA eEditions e-book Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition, by Joanna M. Burkhardt and Mary C. MacDonald with Andrée J. Rathemacher. The e-book contains the complete text of the print edition in PDF format.
- Teaching and learning—pedagogy for information literacy
- How to create an exercise
- ALA-ACRL Standards for Information Literacy and other tools
- Defining a problem or question and finding information
- Repeated application
- Compare and contrast
- Evaluation of Information in general
- Evaluation of information on the Web
- Problem Based Learning
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Experiential Learning
- Applying the Information
- Information Issues
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on January 5, 2015. Your participation will require approximately two to three hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Joanna M. Burkhardt will monitor discussion boards regularly during the three-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 January 5 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
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 Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Joanna M. Burkhardt is professor and head librarian at the University of Rhode Island (URI) branch libraries in Providence and Narragansett. She coordinates the information literacy program at the branches and teaches sections of URI’s course in information literacy. She is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Rhode Island Library Association.
Praise for the companion book
"Beginning with the basic question, 'What is Information?' and ending with a more intense'paper trail project,' the exercises can guide librarians as they assist students in the direction of information literacy skilldevelopment. This book is recommended for all librarians who teach in a higher educational institution."
--The Idaho Librarian
"Many types of educators, not just academic librarians, would find value in this book. The stated audience is college students, but because of the variety of designs, many of the exercises could easily be used as early as high school. This practical text is very easy to read ... The very reasonable price is appreciated."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Deserves wide circulation in colleges and perusal by any instructors of freshmen. For those fortunate enough to have full-semester classes on information literacy,it is a 'must have' title. For places where primary information literacy instruction falls to the English department, it is a key resource. For librarians limited to single sessions with classes,and for reference librarians, it serves as a vital tool."
--Catholic Library World
"A useful tool for anyone responsible for teaching students how to conduct effective research."
--The Australian Library Journal