This month we celebrated International Fact-Checking Day on April 2nd, but there is still time to benefit from all the wonderful online activities they offer on their website.
Students might enjoy playing Fact-Check It! a role-playing card game that stimulates critical thinking, fact-based dialogue and analytical skills. It takes place in the fictional country of Agritania, where the debate over an upcoming referendum to ban GMOs has been consumed by fake news and dubious claims. Students will operate in the newsroom of the Agritania Today and have to verify 25 different news items in order to inform the editorials that will come out on the day of the vote.
The website also provides tip sheets, lesson plans, a reading list for everyday media consumers, an interactive quiz and more.
Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download on the ACRL website.
A companion online tool, “Visualizing Academic Library Impact: The ACRL/OCLC Literature Analysis Dashboard” helps librarians and researchers filter the existing literature for studies most relevant to their research interests and visually explore the literature and other data in the form of charts and graphs.
ACRL is offering grants of up to $3,000 each for librarians to carry out new research in areas suggested by the report.
Are you looking for some new information literacy assignment and activity ideas for the new semester? Project CORA is an excellent open-access resource for Information Literacy lesson plans, handouts and activities.
Of timely interest might be Keepin’ It Real: Tips and Strategies for Evaluating Fake News. It contains materials used at a Loyola Marymount University workshop designed to help students became more confident in their ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the internet.
We’ve placed a link to these materials on the Additional Resources page of our Library’s Fake News Research Guide.
This Illinois Library Association page lists resources one can use to take action on this issue of vital importance all Internet users.
The new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
The ACRL Framework Toolkit contains four modules:
- Finding Time to Engage the Framework,
- The Framework’s Structure,
- Foundations of the Framework, and
- Strategies for Using the Framework.
A fifth module, Collaboration and Conversations with the Framework, is currently in development. Each module includes essential questions, learning outcomes, and active learning resources such as guided reading activities, discussion prompts, and lists of key readings.
The ACRL Framework Toolkit resources are designed to be used in a variety of ways:
- for their individual professional development needs;
- to form a community of practice with their colleagues around the Framework and information literacy; and
- to develop workshops and professional development opportunities in their libraries and also for local, regional, and state-level events and conferences.
Looks like quite a valuable resource!
Two librarians from East Carolina University have produced a new open-access digital resource targeted to help students successfully complete research assignments. Information Literacy Concepts, an open educational resource introduces students to information literacy topics and gives them an overview of how to conduct their own research.
According to the authors, David Hisle, Learning Technologies Librarian, and Katy Kavanagh Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services:
“Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically.
“We want to prepare our students for today’s rapidly changing information landscape. Information literacy skills are essential not just in the work they do as student researchers, but also as college graduates who will need to know how to find and evaluate information to meet their real-world information needs.”
Content includes chapters stemming from navigating search engines, library databases, and discovery tools, to evaluating source credibility and recognizing fake news.
Information Literacy Concepts is available at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/DE/tutorial/OER/Information_Literacy_Concepts.pdf
From the University of Minnesota, Duluth 23 Framework Things is a free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity that offers readings, activities, & opportunities to connect with colleagues about the Framework. Complete as many of the things as you choose, in any order, and win prizes! Here are a few of the “Things” that might be especially helpful:
- Frame Focus Things: Browse lesson plans & activities on each frame and brainstorm ideas for your own lessons & activities with colleagues
- Thing #4: Assessment Overview: We all have high hopes about incorporating more assessment into our instruction. This is your year!! In this thing, we ask ourselves, “What would Megan Oakleaf do (with the Framework)?” and explore intentional & achievable ways to assess using the Framework
- Thing #13: Understanding by Design: Got a few upcoming instruction session/courses? Learn more about the Understanding by Design backward design process and plan your lessons in a way that support student understanding & transfer of knowledge
- Thing #3: Environmental Scan: Still figuring out how to “frame” the Framework at your institution? Get ideas & inspiration from colleagues and reflect on ways to engage with and embed elements of the Framework into your institution’s curriculum.
So, if you’re looking for ways to engage with the new ACRL IL Framework, check out 23 Framework Things!
The article “Is Authority Always Constructed and Contextual? A Classical Challenge to the Framework for Information Literacy” published in The Christian Librarian (volume 59, issue 2) has just been made available online: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol59/iss2/6/.
Nathan Rinne, the author, comments:
“[this] article is a little heavier going, as it takes a relentlessly Socratic approach…. (note that my argument is constructed with the intent of being amenable to all kinds of persons, including those of a more secular orientation)
“…. in a blog post I just put up this morning, I also have put up a very rough draft of a proposed frame to replace “Authority is Constructed and Contextual”. Much work needs to be domailto:email@example.com here, and I invite feedback.” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chapter 9: GETTING ON THE INSIDE: Developing a Discipline-Based Student Ambassador Program
Please click on the the link above to read this interesting open-access chapter from a newly published ACRL book “Students Lead the Library : the Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library” offered by one of the chapter authors who writes:
What I think is unique about our chapter is we talk just as much about what went wrong as we do about what worked well. Feel free to learn from us.
Please visit our new page on Copyright and Image Use. It contains:
- a review the copyright rules for images.
- information the use and creation of animated gifs to enhance your online presentations.
- links to copyright free image sources
- tips on adding attribution captions to your images.