This series of interactive information literacy modules from the University of Idaho appear to be geared towards undergraduate college or university students. The primary focus is broad, and the modules are focused on developing skills and knowledge in all areas of information literacy. The modules contain a variety of components including interactive activities, exercises and built in assessment in the form of multiple choice questions that appear at various points. The information in the modules is suitable for first and second year undergraduates, who are likely confronting a variety of issues around finding credible academic sources for their assignments.
Type of Material:
Tutorials and interactive modules
This series of modules could be utilized by an instructor in-class, or assigned as a homework activity or exercise. The modules are flexible in that it can be assigned to individual students or groups. Instructors should note that the modules are best suited for first or second year undergraduates.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Utilizing this series of interactive modules students will learn about a variety of skills based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) old Information Literacy (IL) Competency Standards for Higher Education. As a result, there is a set of modules attached to each of the 5 standards. The emphasis is on teaching students how to understand when information is needed and learn how to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. The individual modules (i.e. information, topics, searching, locating, evaluating and sharing) all begin by providing the user with a set of learning objectives and also contain a set of sub-modules which include the learning and assessment materials. The overall aim is to provide students with skills and knowledge on each of the 5 ACRL standards for IL.
Target Student Population:
College level lower division and college general education.It can also be used by any student needing a refresher into research.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This tutorial is very clear and concise. It teaches a very large amount of information to the user, but breaks it down into manageable bites of information. It can be used in its' entirety or can be used to teach specific information such as "how to choose a topic".
The instruction and the objective for each module are self contained and easy for multiple levels of users to utilize.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
One of the major strengths of this series of modules is that each module has a variety of integrated assessments (e.g. a quizzes, exercises and activities) built in, which can be used by both students and instructors to gauge comprehension of the content. The resource is very versatile and not subject or discipline specific. Therefore it can be used in a variety of introductory courses.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The series of modules in very interactive and engaging. The resources also includes a combination of text and images to keep students engaged. The modules contain a great deal of content.
The webpages that host the modules look outdated and the navigation menus do not seem as though they would be intuitive for students. There is a lot of text and few images, which could bore students quickly.
Other Issues and Comments:
The major issue with this resource is that it is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries' old standards for Information Literacy. These have been replaced by a new framework with a greater emphasis on critical thinking and higher order thinking skills.
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