Teaching information literacy to college students

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 Teaching Information Literacy to College Students. Joanna M. Burkhardt will serve as the instructor for a three-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan. 5, 2015.

In an age where information overload is the norm, the ability to understand the quality and organization of information is crucial for college students. As the gatekeepers of this information, librarians must have the ability to convey the concepts of fundamental information literacy to students. In this eCourse, Joanna M. 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 to distinguish between the easiest sources to find and the best sources to use. In addition to three weeks of facilitated discussion, readings and course exercises, all participants will receive an electronic copy of Joanna’s book. 

Included with the eCourse is the ALA eEditions e-book  "Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition," " by Joanna M. Burkhardt and Mary C. MacDonald with Andrée J. Rathemacher. The e-book contains the complete text of the print edition in PDF format.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  •    understand the concept of Information Literacy and its importance in a modern college environment;
  •    understand the pedagogy behind information literacy;
  •    be able to create engaging lessons and exercises that will engage, challenge and teach college students.

eCourse outline

Week 1

  •    Teaching and learning—pedagogy for information literacy
  •    How to create an exercise
  •    ALA-ACRL Standards for Information Literacy and other tools
  •    Defining a problem or question and finding information

Week 2

  •    Scaffolding
  •    Repeated application
  •    Compare and contrast
  •    Evaluation of Information in general
  •    Evaluation of information on the Web

Week 3

  •    Problem Based Learning
  •    Inquiry Based Learning
  •    Experiential Learning
  •    Applying the Information
  •    Information Issues

About the Instructor

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 is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Rhode Island Library Association. 

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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