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									Launching Students into
  Information Literacy

          Vik Brown
    Southern Utah University
Information Literacy

In this media-drenched era of blogs and podcasts,
Google searches and instant messages, young
people need to acquire a new set of literacy skills
that allows them to locate information, sort
through it quickly and most important, determine
which sources are reliable and which ones aren’t.

                  Claudia Wallis Time Dec. 18, 2006
LM 1010 Course Description

• An introduction to the research process and
  methods for retrieving information. Focuses
  on developing information literacy skills,
  selecting relevant sources, and then
  evaluating, organizing, and citing the
  information. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
• 1 credit course
LM 1010 Information Literacy

Track the evolution of LM 1010
• elective
• live course
• online course
• general education requirement
• cohort class
Southern Utah
  University
Facts about SUU
• Comprehensive, regional university
  offering graduate, baccalaureate,
  associate and technical programs.
• Colleges— Business, Education, HSS, Science,
  CIET, PVA
• Cedar City, Utah
  – Salt Lake City 250 miles
  – Las Vegas 170 miles
Facts about SUU
• Founded in 1897
  – Branch Normal School 1897-1913
  – Branch Agricultural College 1913-1953
  – College of Southern Utah 1953-1969
  – Southern Utah State College 1969-1990
  – Southern Utah University 1990-
Facts about SUU
• Enrollment
  –   7,029 headcount (+15% in 5 years)
  –   5,580 FTE (+3.8% last year)
  –   1,182 new freshmen 2005
  –   1,541 other freshmen 2005
  –   85% Utah residents
  –   ACT average score (20.77 to 21.89 in 5
      yrs.)
Facts about SUU
• Library
  – 11 years old--82,418 square feet
  – Learning Commons
       • 100 computer stations, multimedia lab
  –   1200 study stations
  –   270,000 volumes
  –   22,746 serial titles--UALC
  –   10 librarians—faculty status
       • teaching, scholarly activities, service
History of LM 1010

 •Pre 1998
   •Live elective course
   •Team taught

 •1998
   •Converted live class
    to online course
History of LM 1010


  • 2000
     • Dean’s Council approves
        LM 1010 Information Literacy
       as a General Education
       requirement.
    • Converted to WebCT
Facts about LM 1010
LM 1010—Organization

    Live orientation
         1 or 2 sessions


    Online course
         1: Complete the Skills Survey
         2: Read the Syllabus
         3: Read - Quiz - Assignment
         4: Take the Final Exam
         5: Complete the Class Evaluation
The Course is ALL Online




• Syllabus and Skills Survey
• Chapters – Quizzes – Assignments
• Test-out and Final Exam
• E-mail, grades, evaluation, etc.
Chapters

           Online text book

           Printed version
             available at
           SUU Bookstore
                 and
           Library Reserve
Quizzes
• Associated with each chapter.
• May be taken two times; highest score
  used.
Quizzes
•10 multiple choice questions
     Open book
Assignments
• #1 Choose a Research Topic
  –   State as research question
  –   Identify 2 or 3 keywords
  –   Identify alternate keywords
  –   Use truncation
  –   Create two search statements
  –   Test topic in Library Catalog and
      Academic Search Premier
Assignments
• #2 Find Information
  – Write research topic question
  – Find background source—Library catalog or
    Oxford Reference Online
  – Find book—Library catalog
  – Find newspaper article— ProQuest Newspapers
  – Find popular magazine article--ASP
  – Find scholarly journal article--ASP
  – Find web page
Assignments
• #3 Evaluate information
  – Scholarly journal article
    • bibliographic information
    • annotation
    • source evaluation—authority, accuracy,
      currency
Assignments
• #4 Cite information
  – Prepare MLA Works Cited list from the six
    sources found on your topic
    • background source
    • book
    • scholarly article
    • popular article
    • newspaper article
    • web page
Deadlines
Grading
 Quizzes (4)       =   40 points
 Assignments (4)   =   40 points
 Final Exam        =   20 points
 Total             =   100 points
    Minimum passing grade is a C- or 70%.
Test Out Exam
 •Past Experience ?
 •Skills Survey ?

 •Open Book
 •Part #1 Basic Information
 •Part #2 Practical application
 •Timed

 •Accept the grade as your final grade or
  continue and finish the course

 •2 point bonus for trying!
Test Out Exam

Fall 2006
413 of 988 students (41.8%) took TO: Part 1.
386 of 988 students (39.2%) took TO: Part 2

305 of 988 students (30.9%) of enrolled students
       passed Test-Out.
305 of 413 students (73.8%) who took Test-Out
       passed
Test Out Exam
              % tested   % passed
Fall 2004     62         49
Spring 2005   60         52
Fall 2005     49         39
Spring 2006   49         33
Fall 2006     49         40
Spring 2007   49         40
Student Progress
Information Literacy Skills

  Skills Survey—Final Exam
  Background sources 55% to 88%
  Current information 79% to 94%
  Scholarly MLA format 16% to 73%
  Book call number 82% to 91%
  On line catalog 84% to 88%
Student Progress
Information Literacy Skills

    Boolean search 92% to 100%
    Primary source 32% to 73%
    Scholarly characteristics 66% to 82%
    Authority 76% to 88%
    Citing 87% to 91%
History of LM 1010


 •2003
   •Dean’s council approves UNIV
    1000 First Year Seminar as a
    General education requirement.
Univ 1000
  •Student Success Center
    •   adjust to college life
    •   select college courses
    •   identify academic and career options
    •   academic advisement
    •   free tutoring
    •   testing
    •   information & registration for testing
Univ 1000

  •Student Success Center
    •   Director
    •   Six academic advisors
    •   Testing coordinator
    •   Developmental math coordinator
    •   Tutoring coordinator
UNIV 1000 First Year Seminar
• The First Year Seminar
    • connects students with faculty, staff, and other
     students and the University community.
    • is designed to help launch students’ university
    careers successfully and to equip students with the
    tools and abilities that will increase their career and
    academic skills.
    • Co-requisite: LM1010
    • (Fall, Spring)
UNIV 1010

 University Orientation
 Offered at a variety of times during summer and
 before spring semester, Orientation provides
 academic advisement, social activities and events
 to introduce students to SUU. Acquaints students
 with the services, facilities, opportunities and
 responsibilities. Required of all first-time freshmen.
History of LM 1010



 •2004
   • LM1010 and UNIV1000 are
    cohorted (25 students) concurrently.
UNIV 1000 General info


• Increase student retention rate
• Required for students with fewer than
      30 credit hours
• 45 sections Fall Semester 2006
• Taught by advisors (6), librarians, faculty
UNIV 1000 Topics

• Time awareness and planning
• Cornell note-taking and self-testing
• Study smarter rather than harder
• Language power
• Outlining reading material
• Test taking
• Stereotypes and prejudice
UNIV 1000 Objectives

• Wellness
• Improve concentration
   (lectures and reading)
• Study smarter rather than harder
• Read actively and improve memory
• Think about thinking
• Critical thinking
UNIV 1000 Objectives

• Connect with support systems
   campus and community
• Develop socially and professionally
   --attend FASSST Week Workshops
• Improve citizenship
• Demonstrate mastery in habits
UNIV 1000 Grading
Attendance and participation 25% of grade
     More than 2 unexcused absences could cause failure
Reading 25% of grade
     Your College Experience Gardiner and Jewel
     Read 100 pages—show active reading
FAAST Week 25% of grade
     Attend advisement workshop
     Attend one professional/personal development
     workshop
Final 25% of grade
     Reflection paper
History of LM 1010

 •2005
  • LM1010 and UNIV1000 are cohorted and
    taught concurrently.
  • Cohorted with another general education
    course.
  • Continue to teach non-cohort course.
History of LM 1010/Univ 1000

2006
  • 200+ students in non-cohort courses
  • 1000 students taught in cohorted
   courses of 25 students
     • First eight weeks—Univ 1000
          • meet twice a week
              • general session
              • seminar session
     • Last seven weeks—LM 1010 orientation
     • Companion class (general ed)
Companion Course
  • English, history, biology, political
  science, etc.
  • Use for applying reading, study
  and note taking skills.
  • Select research topic for LM 1010
  from companion course.
  • Information literacy skills support
  companion course assignments.
History of LM 1010/Univ 1000


2007
  • 1000 students taught in cohorted
   courses of 25 students
     • First four weeks—Univ 1000
          • meet twice a week
               • general session
               • seminar session—incorporate library research
     • Week 5--LM 1010 orientation
     • Companion class (general ed)—incorporate research
CHALLENGES
Plagiarism
  •All assignment #4s reviewed
    – Paper file
      • 3% plagiarism rate

    – Subscribed to Turnitin.com
      • .5% plagiarism rate
Retention
  •1999 54% 1st year retention
  •2004 60%
  •2006 64%
Failure Rate
  •Grade distribution—Fall 2006
    –   A’s—28%
    –   B’s—36%
    –   C’s—18%
    –   D’s—3%
    –   F’s—16% (9% campus g. e. average)

  •Initial orientation sessions
  •Emails sent
  •Workshops
Integration of Courses

  • UNIV 1000/LM 1010
  • Research component
  • Expand seminar sessions
Any Questions?

          Vik Brown
      brown_v@suu.edu
        435-586-1564

								
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