Putting the 'pop' in information literacy

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/01/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan. 5, 2015.

In this course, Dawn Stahura will offer you two tools that can make it easy to liven up your instructional sessions—popular culture and assessment. Learn how to incorporate pop culture into your instruction—through your weekly assignments, you’ll build a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme. Along the way, you’ll learn about how you can effectively assess your instruction by engaging with students to discover your strengths and weaknesses.

After participating in this eCourse, you will: 

  • understand how to adequately assess your instructional sessions;
  • understand how you can incorporate popular-culture themes and narratives into one-shot instructional sessions and full-length information literacy courses;
  • be able to create a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Introductions, Assumptions We are Making and the Problem We are Facing 


  • To define information literacy instruction and active learning
  • To identify typical problems in library instruction

Week 2: Solutions! Bringing Pop Culture Themes into Information Literacy


  • To introduce various pop culture themes and how they can be used in library instruction
  • To assess a past session and identify how it could be improved

Week 3: Scenario 1—Database Instruction 


  • To describe typical problems in database instruction and pop culture solutions
  • To create ways to present database instruction

Week 4: Scenario 2—Evaluation and Citing Sources 


  • To introduce various methods of evaluation instruction
  • To create your own evaluation lesson based on a pop-culture theme

Week 5: Assessing Your Sessions and Course Conclusion


  • To describe how pop-culture themes can carry into session assessment
  • To construct an assessment tool for use in a future class

About the Instructor

Dawn Stahura is a research services librarian at Simmons College, specializing in Africana Studies, Sociology, Education, Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. She has taught information literacy courses using the premise of a zombie apocalypse to engage students in the material and she currently teaches one-shot instructional sessions. Stahura recently co-authored the article “Teaching with Zombies: Bringing Information Literacy Back from the Dead,” which appeared in the July issue of C&RL News.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Jan. 5, 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.

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