Signature Courses help students learn to critically examine valid sources of information. Most first-year students know how to get answers from the internet, but for many the ability to find other types of resources and to process all of the information they find may be a skill that has yet to be honed.
Signature Courses ensure that all first-year students receive instruction in basic research and information evaluation skills, otherwise known as information literacy skills, which serve them throughout their time at the university.
There are several dedicated librarians who can meet with you individually to discuss information literacy as it pertains to your course and your students. They have built an Information Literacy Toolkit that, among other things, offers faculty examples and easy ways to request their services. Feel free to contact them for more information.
Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy
- Students will be able to evaluate sources of information based on criteria such as creation process, authority, currency, relevance, purpose, and perspective.
- Students will be able to describe a research strategy that includes choosing an appropriate source of information, type of information, and keywords.
- Students will be able to describe the idea that sources of information exist in conversation with each other.