ALA Editions offers new e-course on teaching information literacy to college students

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/19/2011

Contact:

Dan Freeman

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated e-course on Teaching Information Literacy to College Students. Joanna Burkhardt, professor and head librarian at the University of Rhode Island branch libraries and co-author of "Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students," will serve as the instructor for this facilitated e-course, which starts on June 6, 2011.

The more information overload becomes the norm, the more crucial it is for college students to understand the quality and organization of information. In this course, Joanna Burkhardt draws from her bestselling book "Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students" to show you how to create challenging, engaging lessons and exercises that will give college students the foundation they need. Course participants receive an e-copy of the book, in addition to three weeks of facilitated discussion, readings and course exercises.

Topics Covered in this course:

  • Teaching and learning—pedagogy for information literacy
  • How to create an exercise
  • ALA-ACRL Standards for Information Literacy and other tools
  • Defining a problem/question and finding information
  • Evaluation of information in general and on the Web
  • Problem-based, inquiry-based and experiential Learning

Joanna M. Burkhardt is professor and head librarian at the University of Rhode Island (URI) branch libraries in Providence and Narragansett. She coordinates the information literacy program at the branches and teaches sections of URI’s course in information literacy. She has taught online courses for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated e-course, which begins on June 6, 2011, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files) and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or editionscoursehelp@ala.org.

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