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
Southern Utah University
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
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
Online text book
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
305 of 413 students (73.8%) who took Test-Out
% 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
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%
Boolean search 92% to 100%
Primary source 32% to 73%
Scholarly characteristics 66% to 82%
Authority 76% to 88%
Citing 87% to 91%
students and the University community.
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.
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
Final 25% of grade
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.
All assignment #4s reviewed
3% plagiarism rate
Subscribed to Turnitin.com
.5% plagiarism rate
1999 54% 1st year retention
Grade distribution—Fall 2006
F’s—16% (9% campus g. e. average)
Initial orientation sessions
UNIV 1000/LM 1010
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