Wednesday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
What Makes an Author Credible? Diving into the Weeds of Information Literacy

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In an era of misinformation, educators face the daunting and important task of providing students with a strong foundation in information literacy. Academic librarians are committed to this challenge, and rely on a document called the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to inform and shape instruction practices. The Framework posits that information literacy is comprised of six distinct but overlapping ideas, known as Frames, such as “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” and “Scholarship as Conversation.” Concepts from these Frames are often integrated into library instruction sessions.
While the Framework provides guidance on which concepts to teach, librarians are required to determine their own context-specific measures of assessment. The Framework adopts Meyer and Land’s theory of threshold concepts to describe the process of knowledge acquisition, but establishing benchmarks for this cognitive transformation is notoriously difficult. This presentation introduces the audience to the Framework, and outlines how the research team (two librarians and a Computing Science instructor) exposed students to concepts from two of the Frames through a course assignment for a third-year Computing Science course. After discussing how we coded and assessed student responses, we invite feedback on our methodology and further collaboration to develop best practices

Wednesday May 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:25pm PDT
Harbour Centre, Rm 1500

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