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USMA Faculty Guide to Credo Information Literacy - Core Modules

What is Credo Information Literacy-Core?

Credo Information Literacy - Core is a set of online videos, tutorials, and quizzes covering information literacy skills. USMA Library has subscribed to InfoLit-Core and it is free for you and cadets to use, on campus or off.

This resource aims to:

  • Help cadets 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 assignment

3 ways to use InfoLit-Core in your class

InfoLit-Core gives you the option to readily incorporate information literacy instruction into your class and assignments. If your class already focuses on information literacy, Instruct can complement what you are doing through 60+ 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 3 ways you can utilize InfoLit-Core in your course: 

1. Before Library instruction
Do your librarians have limited time with students to teach them research and information literacy skills?

  • It can be hard to balance teaching students the conceptual knowledge they need and the basic mechanics of research for their assignments in one sitting. Use multimedia to flip your library instruction. Students can go through multimedia on their own time (before or after class) to get basic concepts of information literacy.
  • Benefit: Librarians can focus their in-person time with students on hands-on searching and practice for their assignment, and reinforcing information literacy concepts.

2. 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 - like 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.

3. 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 contact your USMA liaison librarian.

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