On the Road to Information Literacy Success: Putting Students in the 'Drivers' Seat

An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
October 7-25, 2013

Description: Along the road to learning information literacy competencies, students often get lost, run into road blocks, and must take detours; but in the end are able to reach their destination successfully if they are put in the driver's seat and required to take an active role in their learning experience.  This course will demonstrate how to use ACRL IL Standards, learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and different teaching styles to support students in defining their own journey to success.  This course is relevant to instruction librarians because it presents a variety of engaging and interactive activities as well as opportunities to experience and create active learning strategies for IL teaching.  The weekly modules will present activities that produce tangible student artifacts which can be used for assessment of student learning, teaching skills, and an IL program.  This course will cover concrete examples of successes, challenges and cautionary tales of how active learning can be implemented into Information Literacy instruction sessions.  During the course learners will get simulated experiences of how some of these successful engaging activities work.  As Information Literacy becomes more integrated into the general college curriculum this strategy has proven to be a successful means of formative assessment.  It has allowed us to reduce instances of over repetition of a particular skill and can be adapted to other institutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • After participating in this course the learner will be able to create and use engaging activities that are related to ACRL IL Standards.
  • After participating in this course the learner will be able to use results of assessment strategies to influence change and therefore improve on student’s retention of information literacy skills.
  • After participating in this course the learner will be able to implement teaching techniques that support different learning styles.

Presenter: Amanda Piekart, Reference Instruction Librarian, Berkeley College

Target Audience: Instruction librarians

Type of Audience:

  • People brand new to the topic.
  • People with some experience in the topic, but looking to grow.

Course Requirements: Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week of primarily asynchronous activities to:

  • Read the online seminar material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises
  • Complete a seminar evaluation form

Registration fees:

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

Register Online

  • Click on the link above. 
  • Scroll down to the month when the course is offered.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the course name.
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Fax or Mail

  • Click on the link above to download and complete the print registration form.
  • If paying with a PO, submit the form along with your actual PO to ALA registration (fax or mail; see form for details).  You will not be considered registered for the course until both your PO and the registration form have been received and processed by ALA registration.
  • Completed forms can be fax or mailed to ALA Registration.

Course access instructions will be sent out one business day prior to the start of the course.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to one business day prior to the start of the course.

Member rates apply to personal memberships only. Want to join ACRL or ALA? Complete the online membership form, available on the ALA Web site. If you join ALA/ACRL within five days of registering, we will adjust your fee (please fax a copy of your completed registration form to ACRL at 312-280-2520 ).

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.