Guiding the "Copy and Paste" Generation

Introducing Digital Tools to Support Information Literacy

Teaching critical thinking and information literacy can often seem like an addition to an already-packed course. However, introducing students to the university’s critical thinking framework and the concept of information literacy to help them grasp the basics is essential. As one psychology faculty member and two librarians can attest, moving the introduction and practice of critical thinking and information literacy to an online, self-paced environment outside the classroom is doable and can advance student learning. This group of colleagues partnered to develop Blackboard modules and use LibGuides to introduce critical thinking and information literacy into different courses.

In this session, the facilitators will show and tell why they developed their own digital tools to promote critical thinking and information literacy, how they used Blackboard modules and LibGuides, and invite discussion about ways to use those tools for your own course.

After completing the session, you will be able to:

  • Consider the ways you promote critical thinking and information literacy in your own classes;
  • Describe how Blackboard modules and a LibGuide could be used to promote critical thinking and information literacy; and
  • Identify ways you might use the aforementioned or other digital tools to promote critical thinking and information literacy in your own classes.

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Presenter Bios

Edna Ross, Ph.D., has been with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences since 1984. She is associate professor and co-course director for the department’s Introduction to Psychology course and teaches this popular course with enrollments of several hundred students. Dr. Ross has been nominated as a Faculty Favorite and received the A&S Outstanding Faculty Award. She holds a joint appointment with the Delphi Center and serves as the i2a specialist for critical thinking.

Samantha McClellan, M.L.S, is a social sciences teaching and faculty outreach librarian at Ekstrom Library. She teaches information literacy sessions that are customized to courses in various disciplines, provides reference assistance to students and faculty, and serves as the collection specialist and library liaison for the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Justice Administration, and Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Robert Detmering, M.S.L.S, M.A., is associate professor and teaching and reference librarian in the humanities at Ekstrom Library. He teaches customized information literacy sessions in various disciplines, provides research assistance to students and faculty, and serves as collection specialist in composition, literature, and philosophy. He also coordinates the library’s instruction program. 

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