Dawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences and the Zine Librarian at Simmons College. Stahura is an adjunct faculty teaching Reference and Information Sources for Simmons College. Along with her normal duties on the reference desk, she teaches instructional sessions, does one-on-one research consultations with students and faculty, and works closely with several faculty members to include zines in their course curricula as primary sources. Her instruction sessions are focused on critical information literacy, drawing awareness to the inherent biases found in library systems as well as critically evaluating sources. She also works closely with the Coordinator of Violence Prevention Outreach at Simmons on a variety of events focused on activism, social justice, consent, and craftivism.
Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy eCourse
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To: November 4, 2018
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In this course, Dawn Stahura offers 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.
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
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on October 1, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five 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
- 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 5-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.
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.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.
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