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Launching Students into Information Literacy. Vik Brown Southern Utah University. Information Literacy. In this media-drenched era of blogs and podcasts, Google searches and instant messages, young people need to acquire a new set of literacy skills

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launching students into information literacy

Launching Students into Information Literacy

Vik Brown

Southern Utah University

information literacy
Information Literacy

In this media-drenched era of blogs and podcasts,

Google searches and instant messages, young

people need to acquire a new set of literacy skills

that allows them to locate information, sort

through it quickly and most important, determine

which sources are reliable and which ones aren’t.

Claudia Wallis Time Dec. 18, 2006

lm 1010 course description
LM 1010 Course Description
  • An introduction to the research process and methods for retrieving information. Focuses on developing information literacy skills, selecting relevant sources, and then evaluating, organizing, and citing the information. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • 1 credit course
lm 1010 information literacy
LM 1010 Information Literacy
  • Track the evolution of LM 1010
  • elective
  • live course
  • online course
  • general education requirement
  • cohort class
facts about suu
Facts about SUU
  • Comprehensive, regional university offering graduate, baccalaureate, associate and technical programs.
  • Colleges— Business, Education, HSS, Science, CIET, PVA
  • Cedar City, Utah
    • Salt Lake City 250 miles
    • Las Vegas 170 miles
facts about suu1
Facts about SUU
  • Founded in 1897
    • Branch Normal School 1897-1913
    • Branch Agricultural College 1913-1953
    • College of Southern Utah 1953-1969
    • Southern Utah State College 1969-1990
    • Southern Utah University 1990-
facts about suu2
Facts about SUU
  • Enrollment
    • 7,029 headcount (+15% in 5 years)
    • 5,580 FTE (+3.8% last year)
    • 1,182 new freshmen 2005
    • 1,541 other freshmen 2005
    • 85% Utah residents
    • ACT average score (20.77 to 21.89 in 5 yrs.)
facts about suu3
Facts about SUU
  • Library
    • 11 years old--82,418 square feet
    • Learning Commons
      • 100 computer stations, multimedia lab
    • 1200 study stations
    • 270,000 volumes
    • 22,746 serial titles--UALC
    • 10 librarians—faculty status
      • teaching, scholarly activities, service
history of lm 1010
History of LM 1010
  • Pre 1998
    • Live elective course
    • Team taught
  • 1998
    • Converted live class
    • to online course
history of lm 10101
History of LM 1010
  • 2000
    • Dean’s Council approves
    • LM 1010 Information Literacy
  • as a General Education
  • requirement.
    • Converted to WebCT
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Live orientation1 or 2 sessionsOnline course1: Complete the Skills Survey 2: Read the Syllabus 3: Read - Quiz - Assignment 4: Take the Final Exam 5: Complete the Class Evaluation

LM 1010—Organization

the course is all online
The Course is ALL Online
  • Syllabus and Skills Survey
  • Chapters – Quizzes – Assignments
  • Test-out and Final Exam
  • E-mail, grades, evaluation, etc.
chapters
Chapters

Online text book

Printed version

available at

SUU Bookstore

and

Library Reserve

quizzes
Quizzes
  • Associated with each chapter.
  • May be taken two times; highest score used.
assignments
Assignments
  • #1 Choose a Research Topic
    • State as research question
    • Identify 2 or 3 keywords
    • Identify alternate keywords
    • Use truncation
    • Create two search statements
    • Test topic in Library Catalog and Academic Search Premier
assignments1
Assignments
  • #2 Find Information
    • Write research topic question
    • Find background source—Library catalog or Oxford Reference Online
    • Find book—Library catalog
    • Find newspaper article— ProQuest Newspapers
    • Find popular magazine article--ASP
    • Find scholarly journal article--ASP
    • Find web page
assignments2
Assignments
  • #3 Evaluate information
    • Scholarly journal article
      • bibliographic information
      • annotation
      • source evaluation—authority, accuracy, currency
assignments3
Assignments
  • #4 Cite information
    • Prepare MLA Works Cited list from the six sources found on your topic
      • background source
      • book
      • scholarly article
      • popular article
      • newspaper article
      • web page
test out exam
Test Out Exam
  • Past Experience ?
  • Skills Survey ?
  • Open Book
  • Part #1 Basic Information
  • Part #2 Practical application
  • Timed
  • Accept the grade as your final grade or
  • continue and finish the course
  • 2 point bonus for trying!
test out exam1
Test Out Exam

Fall 2006

413 of 988 students (41.8%) took TO: Part 1.

386 of 988 students (39.2%) took TO: Part 2

305 of 988 students (30.9%) of enrolled students

passed Test-Out.

305 of 413 students (73.8%) who took Test-Out

passed

test out exam2
Test Out Exam

% tested % passed

Fall 2004 62 49

Spring 2005 60 52

Fall 2005 49 39

Spring 2006 49 33

Fall 2006 49 40

Spring 2007 49 40

student progress information literacy skills

Student Progress Information Literacy Skills

Skills Survey—Final Exam

Background sources 55% to 88%

Current information 79% to 94%

Scholarly MLA format 16% to 73%

Book call number 82% to 91%

On line catalog 84% to 88%

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Student Progress Information Literacy Skills

Boolean search 92% to 100%

Primary source 32% to 73%

Scholarly characteristics 66% to 82%

Authority 76% to 88%

Citing 87% to 91%

history of lm 10102
History of LM 1010
  • 2003
    • Dean’s council approves UNIV
    • 1000 First Year Seminar as a
    • General education requirement.
univ 1000
Univ 1000
  • Student Success Center
    • adjust to college life
    • select college courses
    • identify academic and career options
    • academic advisement
    • free tutoring
    • testing
    • information & registration for testing
univ 10001
Univ 1000
  • Student Success Center
    • Director
    • Six academic advisors
    • Testing coordinator
    • Developmental math coordinator
    • Tutoring coordinator
univ 1000 first year seminar
UNIV 1000 First Year Seminar
  • The First Year Seminar
    • connects students with faculty, staff, and other

students and the University community.

    • is designed to help launch students’ university careers successfully and to equip students with the tools and abilities that will increase their career and

academic skills.

    • Co-requisite: LM1010
    • (Fall, Spring)
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UNIV 1010

University Orientation

Offered at a variety of times during summer and

before spring semester, Orientation provides

academic advisement, social activities and events

to introduce students to SUU. Acquaints students

with the services, facilities, opportunities and

responsibilities. Required of all first-time freshmen.

history of lm 10103
History of LM 1010
  • 2004
    • LM1010 and UNIV1000 are
    • cohorted (25 students) concurrently.
univ 1000 general info
UNIV 1000 General info
  • Increase student retention rate
  • Required for students with fewer than
  • 30 credit hours
  • 45 sections Fall Semester 2006
  • Taught by advisors (6), librarians, faculty
univ 1000 topics
UNIV 1000 Topics
  • Time awareness and planning
  • Cornell note-taking and self-testing
  • Study smarter rather than harder
  • Language power
  • Outlining reading material
  • Test taking
  • Stereotypes and prejudice
univ 1000 objectives
UNIV 1000 Objectives
  • Wellness
  • Improve concentration
    • (lectures and reading)
  • Study smarter rather than harder
  • Read actively and improve memory
  • Think about thinking
  • Critical thinking
univ 1000 objectives1
UNIV 1000 Objectives
  • Connect with support systems
    • campus and community
  • Develop socially and professionally
    • --attend FASSST Week Workshops
  • Improve citizenship
  • Demonstrate mastery in habits
univ 1000 grading
UNIV 1000 Grading

Attendance and participation 25% of grade

More than 2 unexcused absences could cause failure

Reading 25% of grade

Your College Experience Gardiner and Jewel

Read 100 pages—show active reading

FAAST Week 25% of grade

Attend advisement workshop

Attend one professional/personal development

workshop

Final 25% of grade

Reflection paper

history of lm 10104
History of LM 1010
  • 2005
    • LM1010 and UNIV1000 are cohorted and taught concurrently.
    • Cohorted with another general education course.
    • Continue to teach non-cohort course.
history of lm 1010 univ 1000
History of LM 1010/Univ 1000
  • 2006
    • 200+ students in non-cohort courses
    • 1000 students taught in cohorted
    • courses of 25 students
      • First eight weeks—Univ 1000
        • meet twice a week
          • general session
          • seminar session
      • Last seven weeks—LM 1010 orientation
      • Companion class (general ed)
companion course

Companion Course

English, history, biology, political science, etc.

Use for applying reading, study and note taking skills.

Select research topic for LM 1010 from companion course.

Information literacy skills support companion course assignments.

history of lm 1010 univ 10001
History of LM 1010/Univ 1000
  • 2007
    • 1000 students taught in cohorted
    • courses of 25 students
      • First four weeks—Univ 1000
        • meet twice a week
          • general session
          • seminar session—incorporate library research
      • Week 5--LM 1010 orientation
      • Companion class (general ed)—incorporate research
plagiarism

Plagiarism

All assignment #4s reviewed

Paper file

3% plagiarism rate

Subscribed to Turnitin.com

.5% plagiarism rate

retention

Retention

1999 54% 1st year retention

2004 60%

2006 64%

failure rate

Failure Rate

Grade distribution—Fall 2006

A’s—28%

B’s—36%

C’s—18%

D’s—3%

F’s—16% (9% campus g. e. average)

Initial orientation sessions

Emails sent

Workshops

integration of courses

Integration of Courses

UNIV 1000/LM 1010

Research component

Expand seminar sessions

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