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Information Literacy: Teaching & Learning: Learning Activities

Workshop Activities

Activities demonstrated during our April, 2016 workshop

Additional Learning Activities

  • Ask students to brainstorm possible sources that might have relevant information. What tools will they need to locate those resources?
     
  • Assign students to identify and use subject headings after conducting a keyword search; after which they write a paragraph on the differences between subject and  keyword searching.
     
  • Students must identify one or two important databases for the project they are working on and analyze why they consider them to be an effective resource for  their research.
     
  • Ask students to choose a topic, develop key search terms, and use two different search engines to locate information on their topic. Have them compare the results  in terms of quantity, types of sources (e.g., government, educational, scholarly, and commercial), order/sequence of results, and relevance. Pair students who used the same search engine with different topics to compare results.
     
  • Ask students to write an I-Search paper, whereby they journal their searching processes, including key terms, tools used, and resources/results at each step. They should note how they evaluated their resources, and what information was extracted. Their journal should also reflect their feelings: success, concern, frustration, pride, etc. Pair up students, and ask them to read and comment on each other's journal, and then draw up conclusions and recommendations for their peers.
 
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