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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

September 12, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521, hbiblehi@mnsfld.edu.

ACTION: Approval of Information Literacy checklist

 

The proposed Information Literacy checklist, which will govern which courses will be given the designation "I", to signify those courses have sufficient Information Literacy content to reach the objectives set by the Information Literacy subcommittee of AAC, is ready for your perusal. The Information Literacy Philosophy, as adopted by the Senate, and the proposed checklist are given here.

 

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Information Literacy (I Courses) Checklist

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND GOALS

Information literacy is essential to the learning process; therefore, all students at Mansfield University should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the skills associated with "information literacy."

After completion of a lower level course , students should be able to find, sort and give a basic assessment of various kinds of information. For example, students should be able to search and find information sources in books, scholarly journals, websites, government documents, microfiche, and newspapers. Additionally, they should be able to evaluate such sources for relevancy, currency, and comprehensiveness. Students should complete a lower level "I" course during their first year.

After completion of an upper level course, students should be able to evaluate source materials for accuracy, be able to separate information from propaganda, and be able to distinguish between objective and subjective viewpoints. At this level students should be able to prepare such things as annotated bibliographies and analytic book reviews, conduct field research, prepare surveys, and conduct experiments, as well as successfully search a controlled language database. Students should also be able to accomplish one or more of the following tasks: write a paper or product based on research, give a performance or presentation based on scholarly research, write a computer-based tutorial, conduct scientific research or discovery, develop a unit plan for teaching that includes interpretation and evaluation of primary sources, or identify topics and contemporary issues in the major discipline or career path.

A student's mastery of the skills at each level is taken into consideration when arriving at a course grade.

 

REQUIREMENTS

All students at Mansfield University will be required to complete one course that measures skills at the lower level and two other courses that measure skills at the upper level.

 

OUTCOMES CRITERIA

After the completion of three "I" courses, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the significance of information in critical thinking and everyday problem solving
  • Recognize an information need for a given problem or question
  • Summarize key concepts and issues related to the problem or question
  • Identify discipline-specific information sources to further understand the matter (publications, organizational web sites, proceedings, etc.)
  • Identify relevant information formats (numeric data, surveys, primary research, abstracts, literature reviews, physical examinations, experiments, simulations, etc.)
  • Access information efficiently and effectively (perform a search)
  • Analyze, synthesize, and interpret information
  • Evaluate sources of information for authenticity, reliability and validity
  • Recognize distortion and other misuses of information
  • Present information, issues, and solutions to others (orally and in writing)

 

*Checklist:

Department______________________________________________________________

Course Prefix ______________________________________________________________

*Course number_________________________________________________________________

Course Title______________________________________________________________

*The department Chair must apply for Information Literacy status for each course.

 

COMPLETE EITHER SECTION I OR II AS APPROPRIATE.

 

I. BASIC LEVEL COURSES (Courses numbered 100-259 only)

 

  1. Please check all the kinds of Information Literacy activities which students may be asked to demonstrate in this course in addition to the Required On-line tutorial.

    _REQ_ Certification of completion of Library On-line Tutorial

    _____ Perform a web-based information search

    _____ Recognize an information need

    _____ Summarize key concepts and issues

    _____ Identify discipline-specific information sources

    _____ Use information in a critical thinking exercise

    _____ Evaluate sources for relevancy

    _____ Evaluate sources for currency

    _____ Evaluate sources for comprehensiveness

    _____ Search, integrate and use several different kinds of information sources


    other (describe) _________________________________________________________________




  2. How frequently will students be required to demonstrate these skills?
    _____ daily
    _____ weekly
    _____ monthly


    other ____________________________________________________________




  3. How will Information Literacy be evaluated in this course? Check all that may apply.

    _____ student-teacher conference

    _____ checklists

    _____ analytic scoring

    _____ evaluation grids

    _____ letter grade

    _____ questioning

    _____ informal evaluation ("+" or "-", "OK" or "good," etc.

    other: (please describe) _________________________________________________________________

    _________________________________________________________________




  4. An evaluation of information literacy skills will count for approximately what percentage of the overall grade?
                                                                                                                                                                   




  5. Please attach the following items, which should clearly indicate how the student's performance on IT exercises will affect his or her grade in the course.
    _____ A current (within the last four years) syllabus.

    _____ A proposed syllabus for 255/455 and special topics courses

    _____ The course description from the catalog.

     

     

 

II. ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES (Courses numbered 260-499 only)

 

  1. Please check all the kinds of Information Literacy activities which students may be asked to demonstrate in this course, including and in addition to one of the required (*) activities.

    _____ Search a controlled language database

    _____ Conduct field research

    _____ Prepare a survey

    _____ Conduct an experiment

    _____ Distinguish between Objective & Subjective Viewpoints

    _____ Evaluate sources for currency & comprehensiveness

    _____ Separate information from propaganda

    _____ Assess accuracy of information sources

    _____ Analyze and synthesize information

    _____ Identify relevant information formats

    _____ *Write an annotated bibliography

    _____ *Write an analytic book review

    _____ *Write a paper or product based on research

    _____ *Give a performance or presentation based on scholarly research

    _____ *Write a computer-based tutorial

    _____ *Conduct scientific research

    _____ *Identify and evaluate topics and issues in the major discipline

    _____ *Develop a unit plan for teaching that includes interpretation and evaluation of primary sources


    other (describe) _________________________________________________________________




  2. How frequently will students be required to demonstrate these skills?
    _____ daily
    _____ weekly
    _____ monthly


    other ____________________________________________________________




  3. How will Information Literacy be evaluated in this course? Check all that may apply.

    _____ performances/presentations

    _____ portfolios

    _____ analytic scoring

    _____ evaluation grids

    _____ letter grade

    _____ checklists

    _____ questioning

    _____ student-teacher conference

    _____ performances

    _____ informal evaluation ("+" or "-", "OK" or "good," etc.

    other: (please describe) _________________________________________________________________

    _________________________________________________________________




  4. An evaluation of information literacy skills will count for approximately what percentage of the overall grade?
                                                                                                                                                                    



  5. Please attach the following items, which should clearly indicate how the student's performance on IT exercises will affect his or her grade in the course.
    _____ A current (within the last four years) syllabus.

    _____ A proposed syllabus for 255/455 and special topics courses

    _____ The course description from the catalog.

     

 

When you complete the checklist, please make a copy for your files and mail the original to Karen Guenther in 216 Pinecrest. Also, if you have any questions, please contact Karen at ext. 4662 or any member of the IG Task Force Committee: Bob Timko, Brad Holtman, Clarence Lienhard, Ann Mabe, or Matt Syrett.

 

 

 

 

 

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