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Information Literacy Instruction Assignment In An Online Module

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Fresh Perspectives on Information Literacy

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Engineering Libraries

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23.750.1 - 23.750.9



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John B. Napp University of Toledo Orcid 16x16

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John Napp is Associate Professor and Engineering Librarian at the University of Toledo. He has been with the University since 2001. Previously he was Librarian for an environmental engineering firm. His main research interests are information literacy and engineering librarianship.

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Phoebe Jane Ballard The University of Toledo

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Phoebe Ballard is senior instructional designer with The University of Toledo's Learning Ventures and possesses an M.Ed. in Educational Technology as well as B.A. in Art. She has worked as an artist, teacher, and consultant in the fields of art and design for approximately 15 years. Prior to joining The University Phoebe served as an instructor with the Toledo Museum of Art, and an art and music specialist with Toledo Public Schools. In her free time, Phoebe enjoys teaching online and blended courses in new media, visual communication, and instructional systems design.

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Information Literacy Instruction Assignment In An Online ModuleOne problem with trying to introduce information literacy skills to engineering students is that somefaculty are reluctant to change their courses to include this new material. Other faculty have difficultydeveloping an assignment that will require students to learn and use information literacy skills. Havinghad success with a freshman orientation class, a librarian and instructional designer collaborated totransform that assignment into an online module. The module was created in Blackboard and wasdesigned to be generic enough to easily be modified for any course. The assignment asks students towork in teams on a design project. What they are to design can be determined by the course instructor,making the module customizable. Students are told that early in the design process working engineersneed to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources. Students will submit a report outliningtheir research process along with a bibliography of the sources they used. These reports will beevaluated on the clarity of the writing, the variety and appropriateness of sources cited, as well as theaccuracy of the citations. This module teaches information literacy skills while also showing how thoseskills are part of the engineering design process.This presentation will describe the process by which this module was developed, how this module canbe integrated into courses, and how this module teaches information literacy while also showing howthose skills are part of the engineering design process.

Napp, J. B., & Ballard, P. J. (2013, June), Information Literacy Instruction Assignment In An Online Module Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19764

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