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Information Literacy Program: Teaching and Learning   Opportunities and Methods

Students at Weber State University have many opportunities to engage in meaningful activities in order to gain information literacy competencies. These opportunities are offered in a variety of settings and at all levels. The following list of instruction opportunities, methods and activities are offered by the information literacy program. Hyperlinks to relevant course materials are also available:

Credit Courses: Credit courses are taught in the Stewart Library Department.
  • LIBS TD1704. Information Navigator (1 credit hour, meets the WSU information literacy competency requirement, taught online and face to face).
  • LIBS HU1115. Humanities on the Internet: Culture, Content and Access (3 credit hours, a General Education requirement option). Cross listed in Art, English, Foriegn language, Communication, & Theatre.
  • LIBS TD2201. Library Skills, Resources and Research (2 credit hours, meets the WSU information literacy competency requirement, taught in the electronic classroom)
  • LIBS TD 2704. Information Resources in the Business Disciplines (1 credit hour, meets the WSU information literacy competency requirement, taught in the electronic classroom). Cross listed in Business Administration.
  • LIBS TD 2804. Information Resources in the Social Sciences.1 credit hour course offered each semester, face to face.

 

Library Skills Orientation: Instruction librarians teach orientation sessions for all students enrolled in the required core writing course English 2010 and for all students enrolled in the First Year Experience program. Sessions are also offered for some sections of English 1010 and Comm 1020.

Course Integrated Instruction: The information literacy program supports an extensive commitment to course integrated and subject specific instruction across all disciplines and colleges, for on campus, distance and online teachers and learners. Over a hundred sessions are presented each year. These may be one hour sessions or sessions lasing several weeks. These may be delivered traditionally or online. WSU faculty in all departments are encouraged to contact library faculty to help integrate and/or design information competency rich sessions, curriculum and assignments. Subject and course specific Research Guides are often prepared to enhance student awareness of quality resources within specific course subject areas. At least 10% of these sessions are assessed each year using the Instruction Session Evaluation Form.

General Instruction: A series of drop in general sessions are presented each semester. These sessions also provide outreach to faculty, staff and to the broader local community. Additional drop in sessions are offered for students enrolled in the Information Navigator online course.

Individualized Instruction: Individualized instruction is provided by library faculty and staff, through reference services, in the library, across campus, over the phone, and via email as requested to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community.

Information Literacy Competency Requirement: Weber State University students must complete an information literacy competency requirement before enrolling in upper division courses. Students may choose between courses (listed above) or an exam. The courses and the exam are all planned by the infromation literacy team and their partners. The exam is delivered by the Telecommunications and Business Education Department.

Teaching and Learning Methods and Activities: The Instruction team incorporates the following goals for all information literacy related instruction.

  • Information literacy pedagogy will:
    • be active, diverse, multidisciplinary
    • encompass critical thinking and reflection
    • support student centered learning
    • include active and collaborative learning activities
    • build on existing knowledge that student's bring into the classroom
    • incorporate variations in learning and teaching styles
    • include collaboration with classroom faculty
    • relate information to ongoing coursework
    • experiment with a wide variety of methods
    • be continually improved through authentic assessment and student feedback

See the Annual Reports for details on the numbers of students served in each type of instruction. See also the program diagram for an overview of how information literacy instruction is offered across the curriculum at Weber State University.

More: About Our Program


 

Updated May 20, 2010 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen
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