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National Information Literacy Awareness Month 2015!

National Information Literacy Awareness Month 2015October is National Information Literacy Awareness month.

Acquiring information literacy skills enables students to make informed decisions as savvy information consumers. Information literacy has been defined as a set of abilities requiring individuals to articulate their information needs, identify various types of information and formats, understand how to effectively access and critically evaluate information, use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and to understand the economic, legal and social issues related to accessing and using information ethically and legally.

Information literacy has also been recognized by several professional associations including the American Library Association and Association of College & Research Libraries  (ALA/ACRL), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), International Society for Technology in Education [ISTE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

 

 

 

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Fall 2014 Semester

It’s that time again!  We hope you had a good summer break, and as we start the fall 2014 semester we want to ‘thank you’ for your continued support of the Information Literacy Modules.

As you may know, the ‘Infolit Modules’ have been identified as one of the activities that meet the “Recording Academic Activity for Fall 2014 Courses” related to new financial aid requirements. For the details about this process, please see the Center for Distributed Learning site at http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/financialaid/

To help those who are new to the Infolit Modules and as a refresher to those who have used the modules previously, we wanted to provide a few tips for assigning modules for the fall semester:

There are two ways you can assign an Information Literacy Module:

  • Through the repository (http://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository), where you will create an instance and copy and paste the unique URL into a document/page to send to your students. Creating an instance in the repository will NOT SYNC SCORES to your Canvas grade book. Scores will be in the repository where you can download them. Instructions for creating an instance are located at http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/quickstart/view-all/If you are using the repository, we recommend making a new instance for each course since scores are permanently associated with a specific instance (or Assignment, if using Canvas). Having multiple courses use the same instance will result in all student data appearing together. Each instance will create a unique URL and instance ID number that you can send to students for each course. When sending an instance URL to students, you may also want to provide the link to log-in information. Information about logging in to the modules is available for students at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/#article457

Whether you use Canvas or the repository option, you may also want to provide tech support information to students. Tech support for students and faculty is available through the Ask A Librarian service at http://library.ucf.edu/Ask/  Please encourage students to contact the Ask A Librarian service via phone, email, text, or chat if they encounter problems with module content, technology, or access. You might also want to provide students with the link to our Frequently Asked Questions located on the Infolit website at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/

If you have questions or comments, please email Corinne.Bishop@ucf.edu or via the Infolit email at infolit@ucf.edu

Have a great start to the fall semester!

 

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October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Information literacy concepts integrate 21st Century skills associated with access, evaluation and use of information sources and support successful educational and workplace practices that can empower individuals to become informed lifelong learners.

To know is to have a choice….” National Forum on Information Literacy

 

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Fall Semester 2013

As we begin the fall semester, we have news and reminders to share about the Information Literacy Modules. First, we want to thank you for using the modules in your courses. We appreciate your support!

Second, we have great news. Module scores will now sync with Canvas! This means that you now have two ways to assign an Information Literacy Module:

(1) Through Canvas where you will ‘Add an Assignment.’ This process will SYNC SCORES to your Canvas grade book.
Instructions are located here http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/obojobo/using-obojobo-in-webcoursesucf/

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(2) Through the repository (http://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository), where you will create an instance and copy and paste the unique URL into a document/page to share with your students. Creating an instance in the repository will NOT SYNC SCORES to your Canvas grade book. Scores will be available in the repository where you can download them. Instructions for creating an instance are located here http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/quickstart/view-all/

Reminders:

  • Each semester, you will need to create new instances of modules OR new assignments of modules within Canvas.
  • Upon completion of a module, students will receive an email confirmation of their score. Email confirmations are sent using Knights email.

If you have questions about assigning modules, you may consult the Information Literacy FAQ http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/faq/ or email us infolit@ucf.edu

Digital Badges:

Starting August 19, as part of a UCF pilot project, students will earn a digital badge when they score 80% or higher on a module assessment. An email will automatically be sent to the student acknowledging their accomplishment and providing a link to claim their badge. This is a completely automated process and is not intended to interfere with your course-level implementation of the Information Literacy Modules. Please see our Badges page for more information or email us if you have questions about the badges pilot Infolit@ucf.edu

Now Available:

Amy Foster, UCF History department faculty member, is creating a new version of the Avoiding Plagiarism module. The new module, Avoiding Plagiarism Using Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition will be available in the fall semester.

Have a great semester!

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Canvas Webcourses and Score Syncing

As you prepare for the summer sessions, we wanted to relate some news about how the library’s Information Literacy Modules will work in webcourses (Canvas) starting with the Summer A session.

Currently, the scores from assigned information literacy modules will not sync with your webcourses grade book. If you have module scores from the spring semester, you have two choices to put grades into webcourses: 1) manually or 2) by downloading from the Obojobo repository and then uploading scores into your grade book.

[The instructions to download/upload scores are here: http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/obojobo/export-grades/]

Starting on May 13, a new feature will allow the module scores to move automatically into the webcourses grade book. If you want to take advantage of automatic score syncing, you will need to create your module instances as an Assignment in webcourses. If you do not need scores to sync to your grade book, you can create instances and set up your modules as you always have from the repository here: http://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository

Instructions on how to set up your information literacy modules as an Assignment in webcourses — will be posted soon.

As always, thank you for using the UCF Libraries’ Information Literacy Modules. We appreciate your continued use and support of these resources.  Please email us infolit@ucf.edu if you have questions, we are happy to help!

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National Information Literacy Awareness Month — October

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To raise awareness of Information Literacy goals that support 21st Century learning, the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) is working to gain gubernatorial support for public policy proclamations. Governors in ten states have issued Information Literacy Awareness Proclamations (MA, MO, MT, NY, IL, TX, OR, RI, AK and IN) that support educational and workplace communities. An additional twenty-four states and one U.S. territory have committed to draft and seek gubernatorial information literacy proclamations (AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MD, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, UT, VA, WY and the Virgin Islands).

NFIL began this initiative with a recommendation to President Barack Obama, who proclaimed the first National Information Literacy Awareness month in October, 2009. Dr. Caroline Stern of Ferris State University, a former Michigan Association of Governing Boards’ Teacher of the Year recipient and a UNESCO information literacy expert and trainer notes that  “In becoming masters of information, learners and workers must incorporate information literacy practice within their individual skill sets.” In both educational and workplace settings information literacy competencies related to effectively selecting, evaluating and making use of information sources are needed to provide informed solutions. As such, information literacy concepts are in demand nationally by employers to sustain business and competitive advantage.

During Information Literacy Awareness Month — 2012, we encourage you to contact us about the ways you can incorporate information literacy concepts and skills into your courses. For additional information about services, you can consult the Information Literacy (Infolit) web site at http://infolit.ucf.edu or contact us at infolit@ucf.edu

The UCF libraries provide several ways to integrate information literacy concepts and skills into your courses, including:

 

Sources:
Purdue Libraries (2012, May). Picking up momentum – information literacy state proclamation initiative. Retrieved from http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/2012/05/01/picking-up-momentum-information-literacy-state-proclamation-initiative

Weiner, S. A. (2012, September). 2012 Information literacy campaign. Retrieved from http://infolit.org/2012-il-campaign

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Introducing our New Information Literacy Module!

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Our recently released module, Moving Into Discipline Specific Research, covers subject resources and strategies for using citations to locate topic-related sources. The module is a key resource for students advancing into their major area of study and is designed to provide guidelines on how to efficiently identify and locate academic sources for a specific discipline.

To preview the module, login to the Obojobo repository (https://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository) with your NID and NID password. Click on the Public Library, select the title, and then click on Preview. The module begins with a video introduction that you can also view on YouTube at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2e_vxvyJ7o&feature=plcp).

Moving Into Discipline Specific Research discusses how to differentiate between subject-specific databases, multidisciplinary databases and OneSearch, the library’s new research tool that offers a single-search option to locate books, articles, etc.

As always we solicit your comments and feedback. Please contact us at (infolit@ucf.edu) with questions or if you would like to discuss ideas about using the modules in your courses.

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Information Fluency Conference March 14-16

The Information Fluency Conference will be held at UCF on March 14-16, 2012.   This national conference is sponsored by the Office of Information Fluency at UCF.  Anyone affiliated with UCF (faculty, staff, students, and affiliated groups) is welcome to attend at no charge.

Dr. S. Craig Watkins will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Watkins teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies and is the author of  ” The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future.”   Program information and registration is available on the conference website   www.ce.ucf.edu/if

 

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Ideas for Assigning Modules

To help students gain a better understanding of the online information environment — and develop solid skills to operate in it — the library provides face-to-face instruction sessions and online information literacy modules.

Some instructors and librarians assign modules before a scheduled library session. By blending library instruction and the online modules, librarians can identify areas where students may need additional help and then provide extra focus on those areas during the library session.

A complete list of information literacy modules can be accessed on the Modules page. For more information or questions, please leave a comment or contact us at Infolit@infolit@ucf.edu

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Happy January 2012!

We’ve updated some modules recently along with the Obojobo system update, which adds a new look with a great new color scheme and page layout.

Please make new instances of modules ON or AFTER January 3, 2012 for the best results!

We’ve also added a new version of the Avoiding Plagiarism module.
There are now two versions of Avoiding Plagiarism:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism Using MLA Style — the original version (with minor updates) that depicts examples using MLA style based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition
  • and Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style (based on the original module) that depicts examples in APA style based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.

As always, if you have questions, please email Infolit or contact Elizabeth Killingsworth or 407-823-4250.

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December 2011

Changes are afoot for the Information Literacy Modules. An upgrade to the Obojobo system on December 20 will result in a new viewer. The look of the Information Literacy Modules will be enhanced with a more beautiful color scheme and page layout.

IMPORTANT: We will make minor edits to some of the modules to make the new viewer compatible with our content. These edited modules will not be available until after Dec 20.

If you have questions, please email Infolit or contact Elizabeth Killingsworth or 407-823-4250.

Happy Holidays!!

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October 2011 — October is Information Literacy Awareness Month!

National Forum on Information LiteracyIn 2009, President Barack Obama designated October as Information Literacy Awareness Month.  The official proclamation notes the challenges of negotiating 21st Century information overload and the significance of teaching information literacy to help students “be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.”

Information literacy integrates several key 21st century skills that provide students with the tools needed to access, evaluate and use information sources effectively and ethically – and to be successful in educational and workplace environments by empowering them as learners and workers to become informed decision makers.

Recent studies such as the ERIAL Project: Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries have highlighted some common roadblocks students experience during resource discovery, such as:

  • uncertainty about effective research concepts and strategies,
  • reliance on search engine authority,
  • inability to effectively evaluate sources, and a
  • lack of awareness of how or why to ask for help.

The UCF libraries provide many ways to integrate information literacy concepts and skills into your courses, including:

We encourage you during Information Literacy Awareness Month to contact us about ways you can incorporate information literacy concepts and skills into your courses. You can consult the Information Literacy web site at  http://infolit.ucf.edu or contact us at infolit@mail.ucf.edu

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August 2011

Amazingly, a new fall semester is almost here. If you are just discovering the UCF Library Information Literacy Modules, or if you have previously used the modules, here are some reminders and news as you plan for the coming semester.

First, we’d like to thank you for using the modules! It warms a librarian’s heart to see the success of this project! As of June, almost 200 faculty have used the modules in over 170 unique courses, with over 47,000 assessment completions by over 12,000 students. We appreciate your support!

Creating New Instances
We’d like to remind you to create new instances for your courses and delete old instances so that scores from previous semesters do not co-mingle with your student scores for this fall. If you haven’t used the modules recently, you may need a refresher on setting up a module for your course. If so, instructions can be found here   http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started    If you’d prefer, we would be happy to help in person, by email, or by phone.

New Features
We also have a few new features:
• All 12 modules now have a 2nd set of assessment questions to increase the rigor of each module;
• Student scores now sync with WebCourses and are pushed into your grade book;
• Student scores now have a date and time stamp to more accurately reflect when a module was completed;
• Students now receive a confirmation email with their score.

Student Instructions
When assigning modules to your students, it may be helpful to include the following text along with the instance URL to the module:

Below are links to Information Literacy Modules that you will complete. You will login with your NID and your NID password.
If you don’t remember your NID, you can look it up here: https://my.ucf.edu/nid.html
If you’re unsure of your NID password, you can reset the password using this online form: http://mynid.ucf.edu
If you need help or have questions, you can use this FAQ: http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/ or contact the Ask a Librarian service: http://library.ucf.edu/Ask

Feedback and Help
All modules have been updated and revised as of May 2011. If you have feedback on any of the module content or on the system, please let us know. Your input continues to improve what we provide.

If you have questions about assigning the modules or about instructions to give your students, please let us know. You can consult the Information Literacy web site at  http://infolit.ucf.edu or contact us at infolit@mail.ucf.edu  We are always happy to help!

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July 2011

We’re proud to report that the Information Literacy Modules are being used in courses and programs across the university! Since the initial release of the modules in June 2008 to April 30, 2011, the modules have been used by 184 faculty members in 176 unique courses or programs. There have been 1520 instances created (or instructor-assigned versions) that have been accessed by 12,069 (unduplicated) students who have completed 47,215 assessments (includes multiple module topics) with an average score of 88.04%.

The modules are being used both in undergraduate and graduate courses. Interviews with frequent users of the modules indicate that faculty use the modules as individual assignments, as part of a larger assignment, as extra credit, or as an optional resource for students.

As always, please let us know if we can answer any questions regarding the modules!

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June 2011

Since the new Information Literacy Modules have recently been released, and as you begin a new semester, we want to remind you that you will need to create new instances for your classes so that scores from this semester will not be co-mingled with scores from previous semesters. You may also consider downloading any old scores you might need and then deleting old instances to avoid any confusion.

Also, you can use this link to view a brief module demo that highlights what is included in a module, if you would like more information!

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May 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Information Literacy Modules have been updated. Eleven of the twelve modules now have a 2nd set of assessment questions so that students will be tested with different questions upon their second attempt. Only one module remains unchanged. The RefWorks module will be updated in the next month to reflect features in the new version of RefWorks that was released on May 4th. As soon as the module is updated to the new version, you will be notified.

New features that make assigning the Information Literacy Modules even easier now allow you to send student scores directly to your Webcourses. To use this new feature when you create an instance, simply select your course from a drop down list, and then select the option to sync scores. A grade book column will be created and assessment scores will go directly into that column. Another new feature adds the date and time when students submit assessments. This feature can help you determine more accurately when students submit their assessments. Also, students will now receive an e-mail confirmation with their scores each time they complete a module assessment.

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April 2011

New versions of the information literacy modules will be available in May. The new versions will include an additional set of assessment questions for each module, and this new test bank will improve the rigor of each module. We’ve also updated content and graphics as needed for each module.

A system upgrade will also occur on May 5 and the system inaccessible. With this in mind, please make new instances of modules for your classes starting the week of May 9th to take advantage of this new test bank and new content. Note: You may want to delete old instances from previous semesters at the time you create new ones to eliminate confusion.

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March 2011

UCF’s Information Literacy Modules are designed to support skills and concepts that enhance students’ information competencies. They include a range of topics such as avoiding plagiarism, the differences between scholarly and popular sources, applying search strategies, how to use Google Scholar, and criteria for evaluating websites. Module content is designed to aid students in interacting with a rich variety of diverse sources and to foster skills about how to identify, access, and use information.

To see what’s included in a module, please link to our Module Demo — or see our FAQ to learn more about the modules and assigning them in courses.

For additional questions or comments, please contact us at infolit@mail.ucf.edu

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February 2011

Information Literacy Modules Demo

We’ve created a brief video to give you an inside look at some content and features included in the Information Literacy Modules. You’ll see an overview of content, practice, and assessment screens from three of the modules. You’ll also see examples of student assessment scores that may be download for your courses.

Currently, there are twelve modules covering topics that are designed to help students learn skills for accessing, evaluating and using information sources.

Click the Play arrow in the module demo screen to begin viewing the demo!

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January 10, 2011

Some important features have been added to the system that should make your lives easier:
  • Students will now receive an email confirmation when they complete a module and receive a score. The email will go to the email address designated in Peoplesoft.
  • Faculty will now see a time stamp in the list of student scores. You will now know what day and time the student completed the module.
  • When setting up a module instance for your class, you will be able to select the course from a list. This list is synced with WebCourses. If you do not see your course in the list, choose “Write in a Custom Course Title”.
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December 15, 2010

Preparing for the 2011 Spring Semester ?

While you’re planning for the upcoming semester, please consider adding Infolit Modules to your courses.

We have twelve module topics that offer students an opportunity to learn and practice concepts related to finding and using information for their assignments.  Each module is designed to foster skills about how to identify, access and use information sources.

If you have questions about using the modules, please contact us.

End of semester reminders:

Due to upcoming system maintenance and updates, the Infolit Modules will not be available on the following dates:
12/17 10am-12pm, 12/19 9am-6pm, 12/20 (upgrade), 12/27 7am-12/28 5pm

We’d also like to draw your attention to a few recommended procedures related to saving scores for your current module instances and creating new module instances for the spring:

1. Download scores from the last term and save to your computer. If you have not already done so, we would suggest downloading scores from your instances and maintaining them with your student records. Reminder: you may use this same download process at any point in the term as the basis for uploading scores into MyUCFGrades, Webcourses@UCF, or any other grade book program that supports importing.

2. Make new instances. We recommend creating new instances each term since scores are permanently associated with a specific instance. Having spring term students using instances from a previous term will result in both sets of student data appearing on your score sheet.

To make new instances, begin here: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started/

3. Update any URLs that link to the old instances. Each instance URL ends with a unique ID number,so you may simply change this number in order to update URLs.

4. Delete old instances. In order to de-clutter your “My Instances” area, you might find it helpful to delete instances from previous semesters.

5. Provide the link to log-in information when you provide instance URLs to students. Detailed information on logging in to the information literacy modules is available for students at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/#article457

6. Provide tech support links to students when you provide instance URLs. Tech support for students (and faculty) is available through the Ask A Librarian service (http://library.ucf.edu/ask). Please encourage students to make contact with Ask A Librarian via phone, email, IM, or chat if they encounter any difficulties with content or technology. You might also refer students to the Frequently Asked Questions at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help. (If you choose to help students yourself, you might also find the faculty FAQs useful in addressing student issues: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/faq.)

Happy Holidays!


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November 10, 2010

Only about 3 Weeks to Go!

Finals are almost here! You’ve (almost) made it through another fall semester. It’s time to be thankful for Thanksgiving and a few days off. As the fall semester winds down and the new spring semester begins, we’d like to draw your attention to a few recommended procedures:

  1. Download scores from the fall term and save them to your computer.If you have not already, we would suggest downloading scores from your instances and maintaining them with your student records. (As a reminder, you may use this same download process at any point in the term as the basis for uploading scores into MyUCFGrades, Webcourses@UCF, or any other grade book program that supports importing.)
  2. Make new instances for the spring semester.We recommend creating new instances each term since scores are associated with specific instances permanently. Having spring term students using instances from a previous term would result in both sets of student data appearing on your score sheet. To make new instances, begin here: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started/
  3. Update any URLs that link to the old instances. Each instance URL ends with a unique ID number. You may simply change this number in order to update the URLs.
  4. Delete old instances. In order to de-clutter your “My Instances” area, you might find it helpful to delete instances from previous semesters.
  5. Provide link to log-in information when you provide instance URLs to students.Detailed information on logging in to the information literacy modules is available for students at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/#article457
  6. Provide tech support links to students when you provide instance URLs.Tech support for students (and faculty) is available through the Ask A Librarian service (http://library.ucf.edu/ask). Please encourage students to make contact with Ask A Librarian via phone, email, IM, or chat if they encounter any difficulties with content or technology. You might also refer students to the Frequently Asked Questions at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help. (If you choose to help students yourself, you might also find the faculty FAQs useful in addressing student issues: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/faq.)
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August 3, 2010

Prepare for a New Semester!

Amazing, but true, a new fall semester is approaching.  To prepare, consider cleaning out any old “instances” of information literacy modules in the repository (http://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository) and in your online course or syllabus.

We recommend that you delete old instances and create new ones each semester. Any old links will still be populated with students from previous semesters. Make new instances of the information literacy modules each semester. To delete an old instance, highlight the instance and click Delete.

Once you create new instances, you should replace any old links with the new URL.

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May 3, 2010

New Modules Now Available

  • Conducting a Literature Review
  • Managing References Using RefWorks
  • Selecting Sources for Academic Assignments
  • Understanding the Information Cycle

And, new, edited versions of all of the previously created modules are also available. Also, MLA and APA modules have been updated with the new editions.

If you have questions about any of the information literacy modules, contact Elizabeth Killingsworth, ekilling@mail.ucf.edu.

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April 27, 2010

MLA and APA information literacy modules updated with new editions

Citing Sources Using MLA Style and Citing Sources Using APA Style will both be updated to new editions.

Both modules will become available the first week in May. The MLA module will be updated to the 7th edition, and the APA module will be updated to the 6th edition.

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April 20, 2010

New modules available in May!

Four new modules will become available for faculty and students the first week in May.

New modules include:

  • Conducting a Literature Review
  • Managing References using RefWorks
  • Selecting Articles for Academic Assignments
  • Understanding the Information Cycle
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January 15, 2010

New system feature: Importing past scores

On January 15, a system upgrade added a new feature to the information literacy modules. A student who has previously completed the exact same module in a previous class or a previous semester will be given the opportunity to import his or her past score. The student has the option to accept the score or return to the assessment to complete the quiz again.

This feature is currently turned “on”. If you’d prefer that your students complete the module assessment again rather than import the previous score, you can log in to the repository and turn this feature off.

Here are the steps to turn this feature “off”:

  1. Login to http://obojobo.ucf.edu/repository
  2. Published Instances should be showing on your screen. Highlight the title of the instance you’d like to edit.
  3. Click on Edit Details. This is a tab just above the title of the module on the right side of the screen.
  4. A new pop up window will open. Uncheck the check box to “Allow past scores to be imported” at the bottom of the screen.

If a student logs into a module that has been edited or updated in any way since their last visit to the module, the student will not be given the opportunity to import a past score.

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January 7, 2010

Happy New Year! New Handout Available to Make Life Easier

Getting back into the swing of things in the new year can be a bit daunting, especially after a sugar-laden holiday. Here is a handy tool to help you begin using the information literacy modules in your classes. This short handout contains instructions to login to the repository and set up a module to use in your class. It also has a section of instructions for your students that you can cut and paste into your online course, your syllabus, or an email. If you’re wondering how to download scores from the modules into your WebCourses gradebook, this handout will give you the details. If you have questions about the modules, or would like to set up an appointment for one-on-one help, just email us: infolit@mail.ucf.edu.

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December 9, 2009

Adoption of Information Literacy Modules Continues

Inclusion of information literacy modules in course assignments continues across campus. Since June 2008, there have been:

  • 16212 assessment completions by
  • 5742 students in
  • 200 course sections led by
  • 107 faculty who created
  • 441 instances of
  • 8 information literacy modules with an average score of
  • 89.73% across all module’s summative assessments.
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December 7, 2009

Winding down and gearing up for the spring semester!

As the fall semester winds down and the new spring semester begins, we’d like to draw your attention to a few recommended procedures:

  1. Download scores from the last term and save to your computer.If you have not already, we would suggest downloading scores from your instances and maintaining them with your student records. (As a reminder, you may use this same download process at any point in the term as the basis for uploading scores into MyUCFGrades, Webcourses@UCF, or any other grade book program that supports importing.)
  2. Make new instances.We recommend creating new instances each term since scores are associated with specific instances permanently. Having spring term students using instances from a previous term would result in both sets of student data appearing on your score sheet. To make new instances, begin here: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started/
  3. Update any URLs that link to the old instances.Each instance URL ends with a unique ID number. You may simply change this number in order to update the URLs.
  4. Delete old instances.In order to de-clutter your “My Instances” area, you might find it helpful to delete instances from previous semesters.
  5. Provide link to log-in information when you provide instance URLs to students.Detailed information on logging in to the information literacy modules is available for students at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/#article1
  6. Provide tech support links to students when you provide instance URLs.Tech support for students (and faculty) is available through the Ask A Librarian service (http://library.ucf.edu/ask). Please encourage students to make contact with Ask A Librarian via phone, email, IM, or chat if they encounter any difficulties with content or technology. You might also refer students to the Frequently Asked Questions at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help. (If you choose to help students yourself, you might also find the faculty FAQs useful in addressing student issues: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/faq.)
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August 18, 2009

Fall semester begins with 8 information literacy modules available!

There are eight modules available for faculty to assign to students this fall.

They are:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Citing Sources Using APA Style
  • Citing Sources Using MLA Style
  • Creating a Search Strategy
  • Evaluating Web Sites
  • Focusing an Information Search (teaches advanced database search techniques)
  • Maximizing Google Scholar (demonstrates search techniques that will make searching Google Scholar more effective and efficient)
  • Recognizing a Research Study (identifies characteristics of a research study that distinguish it from other document types)
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July 20, 2009

Import your Students’ Module Scores into WebCourses!

To see a captivate video to walk you through the steps, go to https://obojobo.ucf.edu/help/create/importing-obojobo-scores-into-webcourses.html You must log in to view the video.

Or follow these steps:

STEP 1: Exporting scores from Obojobo

  1. In the Repository, navigate to the ‘Published Instances’ tab.
  2. Select the instance you wish to collect scores from.
  3. Click on the ‘Assessment Scores’ tab.
  4. Click on the purple ‘Download Scores’ button.

STEP 2: Create a New Column in your WebCourses Course

  1. Open the grade book for your course.
  2. Create a new numeric column to hold the scores you will be importing. To do this, click on ‘Create Column’ and select Numeric.
  3. This will bring up a form to create a new column. Complete the form by giving a column label and setting the decimals combo box to 0 and maximum field to 100.
  4. Click Save.

STEP 3: Importing the Obojobo scores .csv file into WebCourses

  1. In WebCourses, click on the “Import From Spreadsheet” button.
  2. This will bring up the import page. Select the .csv file you exported from Obojobo in the first section.
  3. Leave the other values as their defaults (‘Comma’ and ‘Unicode (UTF-8)’) and click ‘Upload’.
  4. The next page will allow you to match information contained in the uploaded csv with your WebCourses gradebook. You should see that the “User ID” field has a green check graphic indicating that users contained in WebCourses and Obojobo have matched up. Leave the ‘First Name’ and ‘Last Name’ columns as their default value of ‘- Do not import -’.
  5. Click on the combo-box next to ‘Score’ and select the name of the column you created.
  6. Click on the Import button.
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May 12, 2009

Best Practices for Assigning Modules

When assigning modules to your students, it may be helpful to include the following text along with the instance URL to the module:

Below are links to Information Literacy Modules that you will complete. You will login with your NID and your NID password.

If you don’t remember your NID, you can look it up here: https://my.ucf.edu/nid.html

If you’re unsure of your NID password, you can reset the password using this online form: https://www.secure.net.ucf.edu/extranet/reset/validation.aspx?type=nid

If you need help or have questions, you can use this FAQ: http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help or contact the Ask a Librarian service: http://library.ucf.edu/Ask

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May 11, 2009

New and Updated Modules Now Available

Three new modules are now available for assignments for students.

  • Focusing an Information Search
  • Maximizing Google Scholar Searches
  • Recognizing a Research Study

We’ve also updated all five of the modules that have been available since last June.

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Evaluating Web Sites
  • Creating a Search Strategy
  • Citing Sources Using APA Style
  • Citing Sources Using MLA Style

We continue to develop new modules each year. If you have suggestions for module topics, please contact infolit@mail.ucf.edu.

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April 28, 2009

New Modules Available on May 11, 2009!

Three new modules will be made available for faculty and students on May 11. They are:

  • Maximizing Google Scholar Searches
  • Focusing an Information Search
  • Recognizing a Research Study

To preview the modules, login to the Repository , click on the Public Library, select a module title, and select Preview.

If you have questions, contact the Ask a Librarian service.

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December 15, 2008

End of Semester Wrap Up – New Semester News!

If you are a faculty member who has created at least one instance of an Information Literacy Module in the past, we would like to draw your attention to a couple of pieces of helpful information as this semester draws to a close and the next awaits:

  1. Download scores from the last term and save to your computer.

    If you have not already, we would suggest downloading scores from your instances and maintaining them with your student records.

  2. Make new instances.

    We recommend creating new instances each term since scores are associated with specific instances permanently. Having spring term students use fall term instances would result in both sets of student data appearing on your score sheet. To make new instances, begin here: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started/

  3. Update any URLs that link to the old instances.

    Each instance URL ends with a unique ID number. You may simply change this number in order to update the URLs.

  4. Delete old instances.

    In order to de-clutter your “My Instances” area, you might find it helpful to delete instances from previous semesters.

  5. Provide link to log-in information when you provide instance URLs.

    Detailed information on logging in to the information literacy modules is available for students at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/#article1

  6. Provide tech support links to students when you provide instance URLs.

    Tech support for students (and faculty) is available through the Ask A Librarian service (http://library.ucf.edu/ask). Please encourage students to make contact with Ask A Librarian via phone, email, IM, or chat if they encounter any difficulties with content or technology. You might also refer students to the Frequently Asked Questions at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help. (If you choose to help students yourself, you might also find the faculty FAQs useful in addressing student issues: http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/faq.)

If you have any questions or concerns about implementing the information literacy modules in your classes, please send a message to infolit@mail.ucf.edu

Please visit http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/news to stay current on developments affecting the information literacy modules.

Also, if you have suggestions for improving the modules, or if you’d like to provide feedback on upcoming module topics, please visit http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/feedback.

To access the module go to http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started/

Additional modules will be released in May 2009.

If you have questions, please contact infolit@mail.ucf.edu.

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August 18, 2008

Assigning Modules: Tips for Success

When assigning modules to your students, it may be helpful to include the following text along with the instance URL to the module:

Below are links to Information Literacy Modules that you will complete. You will login with your NID and your NID password.

If you don’t remember your NID, you can look it up here: https://my.ucf.edu/nid.html

If you’re unsure of your NID password, you can reset the password using this online form: https://www.secure.net.ucf.edu/extranet/reset/validation.aspx?type=nid

If you need help or have questions, you can use this FAQ: http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/help/ or contact the Ask a Librarian service: http://library.ucf.edu/Ask

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August 3, 2008

Information Literacy Modules a Success!

During the first semester of release (Summer B, 2008), UCF’s information literacy modules successfully supported student learning. Sixty-nine faculty explored the information literacy modules, with 19 courses/special programs assigning one or more of the modules to their students, and four hundred sixty students accessed the modules. Reports from participating faculty and students indicate that the modules were relatively easy to set-up and use with very few identifying any technical problems. In fact, technical support logs indicate that only six students and only one faculty member contacted Ask A Librarian to report a problem. Faculty and students also report that the modules positively impacted student information literacy knowledge and skills.

To set-up modules for student use, see http://infolit.ucf.edu/faculty/getting-started

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June 23, 2008

The Modules are here!

The wait is over! The Information Literacy Modules are here! We are excited to launch the first four Information Literacy Modules for immediate use in your courses.

We have established two options in which you can begin utilizing these modules to best suit your course.

Option 1: You may simply refer your students to a generic set of modules by providing your students with this URL Link http://infolit.ucf.edu/student/modules. This option will not allow you to access your students’ scores. This option should be used when you want your students to learn the material, but do not necessarily need to record their scores or know whether they have attempted the modules.

Option 2: You may create a specific version, or “instance” of a module that will have a unique URL that is specific to your course. This will create a unique URL for you to provide your students access. Through this method, you are able to view scores, upload them into WebCT (not required), and use these modules as scored assignments or extra credit. With this method you are able to access all the data and activity associated with your instance of the module.

To begin Option 2, please visit Getting Started for further instructions.

Additional modules are continuously being created. Should you have any ideas or suggestions for future module topics, please visit the Feedback Form and send us your thoughts!

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May 22, 2008

Module Sneak Peak!

A much-requested information literacy module available this summer will be Avoiding Plagiarism.

In this module, students learn how to use direct and indirect quotes, paraphrasing, and summarizing to avoid plagiarism. Students are given examples of parenthetical citations and works cited entries.

Basic Plagiarism (Click to see images larger)

Students learn about all kinds of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism and cyberplagiarism.

More Nuanced Forms of Plagiarism

Cut and paste plagiarism and violation of copyright are also addressed for students unaware that images from the internet cannot just be pasted into a paper without proper verification of terms of use and a correct citation.

Plagiarism with Internet Images

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May 15, 2008

Module Sneak Peak!

Another of this summer’s new information literacy modules will be Citing Sources Using MLA Style. (Similar modules based on other style guides will be developed in the future. Feel free to voice your preferences using the Feedback page.)

The “Citing Sources” module teaches students how to correctly cite sources using MLA Style.

One of the interesting features of this module is the inclusion of interactive components that allow students to “drag-and-drop” the correct pieces of information needed to cite sources from images of each source. These simulation activities allow students to find relevant information in context just as they will in “real life.” Simulations include books, print journal articles, online journal articles, and web sites.

Book Simulation (Click to see images larger)

After identifying information needed for proper citation, students will then arrange the pieces of formatted information into the correct order for an MLA citation. The screen offers hints when a student is stuck, and gives feedback on the number of errors committed before the student moves on to the scored Assessment section.

Feedback for Book Simulation

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May 14, 2008

Module Sneak Peak!

One of this summer’s new information literacy modules will be Evaluating Web Sites.

This module gives students five criteria to use to determine if a web site is reliable: accuracy, authority, currency, objectivity, and coverage.

Examples of real web sites are used and analyzed to help students critically evaluate the information they find on a daily basis. (Two excerpts appear below.)

Encyclopedia of Earth (Click to see images larger)

Wikipedia

In the Practice section of each module, students will encounter traditional multiple-choice questions that give students feedback on their answers prior to undertaking the scored Assessment section.

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April 15, 2008

At the 2008 FCTL Summer Conference, on May 1 from 11:15am-12:15pm, Elizabeth Killingsworth and Kelvin Thompson will provide an update on the information literacy modules in a session entitled: How Information Literacy Modules Can Make Your Life Easier. Modules will be previewed and a draft copy of the “Faculty Implementation Guide” for the information literacy modules will be distributed to attendees.

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January 2, 2008

Happy New Year! We are excited to be kicking off the year with another Faculty Feedback Session on January 15, 2008 from 10:00am-11:30am. Please register now to show your interest in providing your valuable feedback on the current progress of the modules.

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December 11, 2007

Students to have a voice! UCF students will be able to view the latest information literacy modules and give their opinions through student usability sessions in January 2008.

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November 14, 2007

Two Faculty Feedback Sessions to be held in Library. Faculty are invited to view the latest information literacy modules and give input on the content in one of two sessions being held on December 11 in room 235C in the UCF Library.

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