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Citing Sources the APA Way

In this interactive Coassemble module, students are taught the basics of APA format (7th edition). The module begins with a discussion about the disciplines that use APA. It then moves into a lessons on in-text citations, as well as article, book, and website References page citations. Finally, students learn about basic APA paper format, from the title page to the References page. Checkpoints appear at the end of each lesson to test and reinforce knowledge.

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Mathematics class assignment for evaluating Wikipedia

The information literacy in class assignment was introduced to Sophomores and Juniors in STEM during a math class. Concepts such as types of information sources and critical evaluation of information sources were introduced.  The remainder of time is devoted to a group assignment on evaluating information sources both on the Web in comparison to the information resource.Students worked in groups to complete the assignment which was handed out on paper.  The first part explained again criteria for evaluating information sources while the second part gave 3 example sources from a Wikipedia article.  Students were asked to identify the type of information source (scholarly journal, news, book, website) and the authors with their credentials.  Then the students were asked to infer the intended audience for the information source and the usefulness of the information for their coursework later in the semester.  Finally, the students were asked to located an item in the library’s discovery search interface that was of high quality in the characteristics they had explored.

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First Year Experience Business Information Literacy Instruction Lesson Plan and Presentation Slides

This is a lesson plan for FYE business IL session. The plan incorporated a role play active learning activity and framework concept information has value.

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Digital Wellness Workshop

This workshop is one of four in the Privacy Workshop Series at Penn State Berks.  Our series focuses on privacy issues for students in the past, present, and future.  Digital Wellness challenges students to reflect on and align their current digital wellness habits and goals; the Privacy Workshop focuses on privacy practices/concerns in the current moment; Digital Shred deals with evaluating and shredding past digital behaviors; and Digital Leadership speaks to future implications of digital practices.In the Digital Wellness Workshop, students will be able to:evaluate & articulate their digital wellness prioritiesrecognize that their relationship with technology can have real world impact on their personal wellbeing, including relationships, mental health, & professional aspirationsalign their online activity & habits within the context of their wellness goalsmodel constructive online and offline behaviors as individuals, student leaders, and future professionals

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Twitter Tag

The goal of this in-class activity is to help students relate database searching to something they already have familiarity with. This is interdisciplinary and could be adapted for any subject or database. Students will explore a timely topic on Twitter using a hashtag and note bias, tone, authority, and related hashtags before conducting a similar search on a library database or discovery tool. Students and instructors then discuss similarities and differences between both searches and their results. 

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Digital Shred Workshop

This workshop is one of four in the Privacy Workshop Series at Penn State Berks.  Our series focuses on privacy issues for students in the past, present, and future.  Digital Shred deals with evaluating and shredding past digital behaviors; the Privacy Workshop focuses on privacy practices/concerns in the current moment; Digital Wellness challenges students to reflect on and align their current digital wellness habits and goals; and Digital Leadership speaks to future implications of digital practices.In the Digital Shred Workshop, students will be able to:Reflect on and describe their digital privacy priorities in order to articulate the benefits and risks of their digital dossierApply a growth mindset to critically examine their current data exhaust // digital footprint and recognize when change is neededDevelop a Personal Data Integrity Plan that makes routine the process of auditing and updating their digital dossier in alignment with their privacy valuesDescribe “digital shred” and its importance. 

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MOOC BoniCI

An open access MOOC in French to bonify the information literacy skills of university students (with Moodle).

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Unlock Library Literacy

This lesson is designed to orient teacher education students to the library spaces and resources that support the development of multiple literacies by using a gamified tour through a series of stations throughout the library. Exploration stations are focused on themes of Indigenous perspectives and critical literacy, differentiated reading materials, leisure reading, coding and computational thinking resources, and “making” stories through unplugged STEAM activities. At each station, students engage with the resources through conversation, play, and decision-making. Students will gain an appreciation for the breadth of library resources to support the development of multiple literacies, and begin to critically appraise teaching and learning resources for the classroom. The Unlock Library Literacy workshop models a gamified approach to learning design. Students gather in small groups and engage in a self-guided exploration of stations throughout the library, with librarians available to facilitate and answer questions. An online survey platform is used to randomly move students from one station to the next, and states the tasks students must perform at each location. After completing each exploration station, students will receive a clue. After completing all required stations, students will have the code for a combination lock that they can use to unlock a box and get a prize.  

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Voting Research Activity

Deciding who to vote for can be hard. On top of that, finding information about local elections can sometimes be difficult, as can be figuring out if you agree with a candidate on an issue that you don’t know too much about. This activity engages students in the civic process and in research. Students will use internet searching to find information about candidates, and database searching to find information out about an issue. 

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Tweet Response Simulation

In this activity, students work in groups to craft a response to a presidential tweet from an assigned perspective (e.g. right or left leaning news source). In doing so, they are required to find, evaluate, and effectively use information to make a case. Unlike a research paper, which aspires to be neutral or unbiased, this activity asks students to respond to a tweet from a particular perspective, with a particular bias, requiring them to engage with their sources in a new way. The activity is followed by a discussion of students' interactions with the information they found and presented. 

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