San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.799.1 - 25.799.16
Integrating Information in Engineering: Librarians/Faculty Collaboration for the First Year Engineering ExperienceBecause of a campus grant opportunity that encouraged information literacy courseenhancement, two librarians collaborated with a number of faculty members from theEngineering Department’s First-Year Experience Program. In this first ever collaborative effort,three information modules were developed to be taught in weeks 2, 5, and 11 of the Fall 2011freshman engineering problem solving course. There are 18 sections of the course with morethan 700 students and at least nine instructors, not including the librarians. ABET criteria andACRL/STS information literacy standards were used to develop the modules. The modulesincluded information ethics such as plagiarism and proper citations, information skills includingreading a citation, using databases and finding articles, and finally intellectual property issueswith an emphasis on patents. Quizzes were used to measure students’ knowledge before andafter completing the course. In- class participation was encouraged through “Your Turn”segments in which students discussed plagiarism scenarios, appropriate times to cite a source,identifying parts of a citation and finding articles using the libraries’ resources. Each coursemodule and associated class activities were developed to fill the entire 50 minutes of class time.Additional assessments tested whether students learned material by giving them a pre and postquizzes on library information, parts of a citation, and intellectual property. The students alsoparticipated in the Libraries’ “Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial.” Students were able to utilize theinformation and techniques used in writing a technical report and completing a semester designproject based on real world projects. This paper will trace the process from grant approvalthrough the development and implementation of the actual modules and an assessment of theoverall effort and results.
Strife, M. L., & Hensel, R. A. M., & Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2012, June), Integrating Information Literacy in Engineering: Librarians/Faculty Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21556
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