Information Literacy and Learning
Fall 2014 Greensheet
The class' Canvas site will automatically open on Monday, August 25. Please log in no later than Wednesday, August 27.
This course provides theory and practice for teaching information literacy in an LIS setting. The course emphasizes learning theory as well as the practical aspects of teaching. Students learn methods and tools for teaching in both synchoronous and asychronous settings.
- Screencast and Reflection: Librarians and information professionals design, create, and post online tutorials/screencasts that explain how to use specific research tools (such as the OPAC or a database). For this assignment, you will have the opportunity to design and create your own brief screencast (less than five minutes) using the freely-downloadable Jing or a similar product for your chosen audience. Secondly, you will write a reflection commenting on your pedagogical choices vis-à-vis the course material. Please see the Screencast assignment sheet in Canvas for detailed information and a grading rubric. (Supports SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K) (20% of final grade)
- Guide on the Side Tutorial and Reflection: Library and information professionals are always seeking innovative ways to provide instruction to their users. Additionally, it is very common for colleagues to collaborate in the development of tutorials. For this assignment, you will have the opportunity to design and create a Guide on the Side tutorial with a partner, and then compose a thoughtful reflection that shows your application of the course material to the design of your tutorial. (Note: Guide on the Side is an open source tool for creating online tutorials. It was developed by the librarians at the University of Arizona, and we in iSchool have it installed on our servers, so I will be providing each of you with an account.) Please see the Guide on the Side assignment sheet in Canvas for more detailed information. (Supports SLO #2, SLO #3, SLO #4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K) (20% of final grade)
- Instruction Observation Report and Analysis: We learn to teach through a variety of ways, and one way is to observe other teachers and reflect on effective and ineffective teaching strategies that we have observed. For this assignment, you will have the opportunity to observe a library instruction session with a practicing instruction librarian. After the observation, you will submit a report in which you will summarize your experience, reflect on the ways that the session was effective or ineffective, and make connections to the course material. Please see the Instruction Observation Report and Analysis assignment sheet in Canvas for more detailed information. (Supports SLO #1, SLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N) (20% of total grade)
- Instruction Session with Lesson Plan, Visual (handout, PowerPoint, or some other instructional aide), Reflection, and Feedback to classmates: You will have the opportunity to synthesize the learning theories, teaching methods, and information literacy concepts that we will learn throughout the term by preparing and teaching an instruction session of approximately 20 minutes via Collaborate. Please see the instruction session assignment sheet in Canvas for more detailed information. (Supports SLO #3, SLO #4, SLO #6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) (25% of total grade)
- Weekly Online Discussions: Because this class is mostly asynchronous, the online discussions are an integral part of this course. These will be structured, and participation is mandatory. For each week’s class material, one substantive, thoughtful initial post (a few hundred words) and one response to another person's posts (around 150 words each) are required. Please see the online discussion expectations sheet in Canvas for detailed information. (Supports SLO #1, SLO #2, SLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) (15% of total grade)
Note: This schedule is subject to change with fair notice to students. If there is a discrepancy between the schedule on this greensheet and the schedule distributed within Canvas, the one in Canvas takes precedence.
|Date||Concept & Relevant Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Core Competencies||Readings to be completed and assignments due (Note: links to all of the readings can be found on the References document in Canvas)|
|Week 2||Lesson #1 (SLO #1; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 3||Lesson #2 (SLO #2,4,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 4||Lesson #3 (SLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 5||Lesson #4 (SLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 6||Lesson #5 (SLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 7||Lesson #6 (SLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 8||Lesson #7 (SLO #2,3,4 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 9||Lesson #8 (SLO #2,3,4 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 10||Lesson #9 (SLO #2,3,4 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K)
|Week 11||Lesson #10 (SLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N)
|Week 12||Lesson #11 (SLO #1,2,3,4,5,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N)
|Week 13||Guest speaker (SLO #1,5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N)||
|Weeks 14-15||Teaching sessions via Collaborate
(SLO #1,2,3,4,5,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N)
|Week 16||End of the semester||
Mode of instruction
This course will be asynchronous, except for the student instruction session presentations at the end of the term.
Students are required to be active participants in synchronous Collaborate sessions on two of the following dates:
- Saturday, 11/29 from 7-9:15 AM PT
- Sunday, 11/30 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Monday, 12/1 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Tuesday, 12/2 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Wednesday, 12/3 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Thursday, 12/4 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Friday, 12/5 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Saturday, 12/6 from 7-9:15 AM PT
- Sunday, 12/7 from 7-9:15 PM PT
- Monday, 12/8 from 7-9:15 PM PT
Please note that these dates are for students from section 10 and section 11; students are welcome to select the two dates that work best among all of these options offered to students in both classes.
Please note that if we have fewer than 30 students enrolled, we will cancel one or more of the sessions listed above.
We will use Canvas for online discussions, for the submission of assignments, and for accessing readings and course materials. Attendance at the asynchronous office hour in Collaborate is optional; the office hour is intended for me to answer students’ questions, for students to get to know me and each other, and for students who would prefer to interact in a synchronous environment. If students ask questions during the office hour from which I believe the rest of the class will benefit, I will post the question and my response to our Canvas site.
Late Assignments Policy
There will be a late penalty of 10% per week for assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval. If your life circumstances require you to seek an extension, please do so at least several days before the assignment is due. No extensions will be granted for discussion posts.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand the history and current trends of information literacy instruction, including the development and application of published standards, such those published by ACRL or AASL.
- Explain and apply major learning theories to instructional design and teaching.
- Structure instructional materials that meet the needs of diverse learners.
- Design and produce instructional materials that give learners clear, well-organized content that can be applied in a variety of settings.
- Evaluate information literacy instruction in light of established learning theory and the current information literacy literature.
- Design and teach effective information literacy lessons in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
LIBR 254 supports the following core competencies:
- K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
- N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.
No Textbooks For This Course.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.
Dropping and Adding
Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.
Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:
- "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
- "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."
Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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