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Instructional Resources Critical Digital Literacy Library Tutorial, Digital Pedagogy FLC 2014-15

Instructor: Zoe Jarocki, Jenny Wong-Welch and Pamela Jackson , Library

Summary: In response to an increase in digital projects assigned to students, library faculty members, Zoe Jarocki, Jenny Wong-Welch, and Pamela Jackson, developed an online tutorial to provide students with information, digital and visual literacy skills. The three self-paced modules show students how to find, use, and cite images; how copyright works when using library resources and why intellectual property matters; and how to evaluate the effectiveness and reliability of visual images and media. Faculty who include digital projects in their courses can assign this tutorial to their students to ensure ethical research methods and uses of images and other digital resources.

Final report

What We Did

To address visual literacy standards of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for the first time at SDSU, we developed a self­paced, modular, online tutorial that teaches students information, digital and visual literacy skills that they will use when creating digital projects (available at http://library.sdsu.edu/guides/tutorial.php?id=45). We envision instructional faculty assigning this tutorial to their students when they assign a digital project. It could be used for students at all levels and in any discipline, but would be especially useful for students creating digital content for an assignment (especially for projects that will be freely accessible on the web). We will also include a tip sheet/executive summary for faculty to use when creating digital project assignments.

The tutorial teaches students to find, evaluate, cite and ethically use information when creating digital projects for a class assignment or their own personal use. It includes 3 modules that explain how to find, use, and cite images (Creative Commons, etc.); how copyright applies to library resources and why students should care about intellectual property; and how to evaluate the effectiveness and reliability of visual images and media.

How It Went

We are still working on the assessment of student learning. Because the Library does not teach credit­bearing courses, we need to work closely with instructional faculty to add the tutorial to the curriculum. Quizzes are included in each module to assess learning, collect data on who is using the tutorial and to give teaching faculty a way to give credit for completion. Our group will assess the results as more students complete the tutorial and report those results in Weave in the future.

What We Learned

The tutorial should help students find and use images ethically ­ an important benefit! We can see room for growth by adding more modules to the tutorial (data visualization, for example).

The Learning Community strengthened our understanding of various tools and digital humanities assignments with which our students may be working. It has provided us with an exciting network of educators with whom we can bounce ideas off and collaborate. Our group will be presenting our project this June at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference.