Information Literacy @ The University of Akron


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  • Currently, only 350 students per year take our info lit tutorial.
  • Information Literacy @ The University of Akron

    1. 1. Information Literacy @ The University of Akron General Education & BeyondJoseph A. Salem, Jr.Head, Research & Learning Servicesjsalem@uakron.edu330-972-858110/22/2012
    2. 2. What Is Information Literacy?• Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. – Association of College & Research Libraries 2
    3. 3. 21st Century Literacies• Information Literacy• Basic Language Literacy• Visual Literacy• Spatial Literacy• Historical Literacy• Cultural Literacy• Political Literacy• News Media Literacy• Scientific Literacy• Mathematical Literacy 3
    4. 4. Information Literacy & UniversityLibraries• Developed through instructional partnerships between University Libraries & the disciplinary faculty• Goal is to integrate information literacy into key courses within the curriculum• Current program is based on relationships between the disciplinary faculty and subject librarians 4
    5. 5. General Education Revision @ TheUniversity of Akron• General Education Revision a key strategic goal of Vision 2020• New general education curriculum based on the learning outcomes that every UA student should obtain• Designed to meet needs for graduating college students among employers and graduate schools• The new program will also assess their achievement at the institutional level 5
    6. 6. Learning Outcomes for 21st CenturySuccess 1. Communication Skills and Information Literacy 2. Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning Skills 3. Knowledge of Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences 4. Responsible Citizenship in an Interconnected World • Awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity • Domestic focus • Global focus • Economic literacy • Personal and societal health • Environmental sustainability 6
    7. 7. General Education CourseworkLearning Outcome Course Content CreditsCommunication Writing & Information 6 Literacy I & II Speaking & Information 3 LiteracyCritical Thinking Reasoning Processes 3 Quantitative Reasoning 3Disciplinary Knowledge Arts 3 Humanities 3 Natural Science + Lab 4 Social Science 3Gen Ed Credit Hours 28 7
    8. 8. Designated Attributes Embedded inCourse Content Learning Outcome Course Attributes* Responsible Citizenship in an Diversity—Domestic focus Interconnected World Diversity—Global focus Economic Literacy Personal & Societal Health Environmental Sustainability Additional Credit Hours 6-15*Courses with these attributes must include at least one of the following: bewriting intensive, involve qualitative reasoning, or involve normative reasoning
    9. 9. Assessment Cycle 9
    10. 10. Information Literacy in GeneralEducation• UL faculty are developing Web-based modules for the three courses in which information literacy is embedded• UL faculty developing the “research journal” assignment that will be part of institutional assessment• UL faculty developing the rubrics that will be used to assess the process and outcomes assignments in these three courses 10
    11. 11. Information Literacy @The University of Akron• All students will now systematically interact with information literacy instructional content and assignments• Student information literacy will be assessed at the institutional level• Upper level subject- specific information literacy instruction will now be able to assume a base level of skills upon which to build 11
    12. 12. Questions? 12