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Faculty Guide to Credo Information Literacy–Core

Created for NCU faculty use, this guide discusses why information literacy is important and how InfoLit–Core can help improve student performance.

What is Credo Information Literacy–Core?

Credo Information Literacy–Core is a set of online videos, tutorials, and quizzes covering information literacy. The Northcentral University Library has subscribed to Information Literacy–Core and it is free for you and students to use.

 

The resource aims to:

  • Help students learn how to find relevant and reliable library and other research materials
  • Formulate appropriate, workable research questions
  • Synthesize what they learn into a final product such as a research paper, including citations that are apt for their field

Wondering how Information Literacy–Core works in real-life classrooms? This brief case study illustrates how Teri Catanio, an instructor and Director of the Career Center at Cairn University, PA, used Information Literacy–Core to increase her students' research and writing abilities. The gains were immediate and persisted long-term, making the professors work easier and the students more successful.

Using Information Literacy–Core in Your Class

Credo Information Literacy–Core gives you a “low lift” option to start incorporating information literacy instruction in your class and assignments. If your class already focuses on information literacy, Credo Information Literacy–Core can complement what you’re doing through its more than 100 videos, tutorials, and assessments. You can increase instructional time for information literacy by shifting lecture-based instruction to homework (flipped classroom), allowing for hands-on, high impact learning when students come to class.

 

Here are 2 ways you can utilize Credo Information Literacy–Core in your course:
 

1. Scaffold throughout your Course
Are you concerned about having enough time to cover your course’s content and incorporate research instruction into your syllabus?

  • Use multimedia to flip information literacy instruction throughout several weeks of your course. Students can go through multimedia on their own time to learn basic concepts and practice research skills. Reinforce IL concepts through the research assignments you planned to give as part of your syllabus—annotated bibliographies, research papers, etc. Relevant multimedia can be shared with students at each step of a major research project.
  • Benefit: Students can benefit from information literacy instruction without a significant impact on your syllabus.

 

2. As a Remedial Tool
Do some of your students need a refresher or additional help with how to do research (transfer students, non-traditional students, at risk students)?

  • Use multimedia as a remedial tool to for students who need to review basic information literacy skills. By making materials available online, students can get the help they need without significantly impacting your course syllabus.
  • Benefit: Students who need additional help can benefit from information literacy instruction without a significant impact on your syllabus.

 

For more ideas on how to implement these suggestions, please visit our Help Site for Instructional Aids.

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