INFO 254-10
INFO 254-11
Information Literacy and Learning
Fall 2019 Syllabus

Ellyssa Valenti (Kroski)
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Office Hours: by appointment


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Textbooks
CLOs
Competencies
Prerequisites
Resources
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 21st, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Information literacy instruction is an integral part of the library profession in nearly every LIS setting.  This course discusses key tenets of teaching information literacy including learning theory and the evolution of library instruction in the field as well as alternate literacies, innovative trends in IL instruction, and new and emerging tech tools for passing on these valuable skills to library patrons. Students will learn how to provide both synchronous and asynchronous info lit instruction, how to effectively use technology to meet their IL instructional goals, and how to assess these types of programs.

Grading & Assignments

Screencast & Reflection: Screencast tutorials are an excellent way to demonstrate ways of accessing and using online tools and materials. In this assignment, you will design and create your own brief screencast using Jing, Screencast-o-matic, or a similar product. Additionally, you will write a reflection commenting on your pedagogical choices. Please see the Screencast assignment sheet on Canvas for details and the grading rubric. (Supports CLO #2, CLO #3, CLO #4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K) 

Guide on the Side Tutorial & Reflection: With a partner, you will design and create a Guide on the Side tutorial. You will submit your tutorial along with a written reflection including discussion of your choices and application of course materials to your work. (Note: Guide on the Side is an open source tool for creating online tutorials. I will provide each of you with an account after the term begins.) Please see the Guide on the Side assignment sheet in Canvas for more details and the grading rubric. (Supports CLO #2, CLO #3CLO #4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K) 

Instruction Observation & Analysis: You will observe a library instruction session conducted by an instruction librarian in a public, school, or academic library. You will submit a paper that includes a summary of your experience, a reflection on the effectiveness of the lesson, making connections to the course materials. Please see the Instruction Observation & Analysis assignment sheet in Canvas for more details. (Supports CLO #1, CLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N) 

Instruction Session for Classmates w/ Lesson Plan, Visual support, Reflection, & Feedback: You will synthesize the learning theories, teaching methods, and information literacy concepts studied throughout the term by preparing and teaching an instruction session using Zoom. Please see the instruction session assignment sheet and rubric in Canvas for all project components and important details. (Supports CLO #3, CLO #4, CLO #6;Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) 

Weekly Online Discussions: The online discussions are a critical piece of our work in this course. Discussions will be structured. Thoughtful participation is expected. Each week you will craft one substantive, thoughtful main post and respond substantively to at least two classmates, more are encouraged. Please see the online discussion expectations sheet and rubric in Canvas for important details. (Supports CLO #1, CLO #2, CLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) Final Projects 

Extra Credit Project: You will have the opportunity to create an innovative IL instructional tool using: technology such as Twine, GoogleSites to produce a digital Breakout, a LibGuide, a plan for a makerspace instructional program, or other innovative IL instructional program. (Supports CLO #1, CLO #2CLO #3CLO #4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) 

Extra Credit Paper, Article or Blog Post Review: You will have the opportunity to review the reading material of our INFO254 course and choose an area of particular interest. Find a recent peer-reviewed article or expert blog post or popular article published online that you believe would add value to the course module readings.  And through this work, you might have a hand in developing the reading content for future INFO254 students.  (Supports CLO #1Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N) 

Topics

  1. Information Literacy: Definition, History, Function
  2. Frameworks for Teaching Information Literacy
  3. Learning Theory and how it affects information literacy instruction
  4. Technology and Information Literacy 2.0
  5. Developing Effective IL Instruction
  6. Instructional Technology
  7. Related Literacies
  8. Innovations in IL Instruction
  9. Information Literacy in Various Settings
  10. Assessment of IL Instruction
  11. Instructor Identity & Professional Development

Class Format

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 Zoom sessions on two of the following dates: 

TBA 

Late Assignments Policy
If circumstances require you to seek an extension, please do so with advance notice and we can discuss.  No extensions will be granted for discussion posts, however.

Course Schedule

This schedule is subject to change with advance notice. If there is a discrepancy between the schedule on this syllabus and the schedule on the Canvas page, please rely on the Canvas version and alert me to the issue.  

Date

Course Content

(CLOs) & Core Competencies

Assignments

Due Date

Week 1

Course opens

Introductions via Canvas

 

  • Explore Canvas course site
  • Watch introductory screencasts
  • Review course materials

8/25/19

Week 2

Lesson #1

Information Literacy: Definition, History, Function

CLO #1; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Practice screencast due. (See Screencast assignment for details.)

9/1/2019

Week 3

Lesson #2 

Frameworks for Teaching Information Literacy

CLO #2,4,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.

 

9/8/2019

Week 4

Lesson #3 Learning Theory and how it affects information literacy instruction

CLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

 

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Find partner for the Guide on the Side assignment due.

9/15/2019

Week 5

Lesson #4 Technology and Information Literacy 2.0

CLO #4,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Screencast Peer Review due.

9/22/2019

Week 6

Lesson #5 Developing Effective IL Instruction

CLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Screencast and Reflection due.

 

9/29/2019

Week 7

Lesson #6 

Instructional Technology

CLO #2,3,4; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.

10/6/2019

Week 8

Lesson #7 Related Literacies

CLO #2,3,4 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

 

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.

10/13/2019

Week 9

Lesson #8 

Innovations in IL Instruction

CLO #2,3,4,5 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • GotS Peer Review Due.

10/20/2019

Week 10

Lesson #9  Information Literacy in Various Settings

CLO #2,3,4,6 Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K

 

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Guide on the Side Tutorial & Reflection due (with partner).

10/27/2019

Week 11

Lesson #10 

Assessment of IL Instruction

CLO #5; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Extra Credit article, blog post review due.

11/3/2019

Week 12

Lesson #11 

Instructor Identity & Professional Development

CLO #1,2,3,4,5,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N

  • Weekly discussion/Respond to at least 2 classmates.
  • Instruction Observation & Analysis due.

11/10/2019

Week 13

Individual work/instruction session preparation

CLO #2,3,4,5,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency N

  • Instruction Session Lesson Plan Peer Review and Partner Practice in Zoom Reflection due.
  • Extra Credit project due, see Innovations in IL Project assignment.

11/17/2019

Weeks 14-15

Teaching sessions via Zoom


CLO #1,2,3,4,5,6; Program Learning Outcome/Core Competency K & N

  • Instruction Sessions due (see assignment sheet for deadlines for each of the FOUR components)

 

12/1/2019

Week 16

End of the semester

 

  • Final day to submit course assignments.

12/8/2019

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.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Explain and apply major learning theories to instructional design and teaching.
  3. Structure instructional materials that meet the needs of diverse learners.
  4. Design and produce instructional materials that give learners clear, well-organized content that can be applied in a variety of settings.
  5. Evaluate information literacy instruction in light of established learning theory and the current information literacy literature.
  6. Design and teach effective information literacy lessons in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 254 supports the following core competencies:

  1. K Design collaborative or individual learning experiences based on learning principles and theories.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.

Textbooks

Required Textbooks:

  • Thomas, N.P., Crow, S.R., & Franklin, L.L. (2011). Information literacy and information skills instruction: Applying research to practice in the 21st century school library (3rd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1598844903arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

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
Below 67 F

 

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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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