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13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching April 24, 2010

13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching April 24, 2010 I ntegrating T echnology for I nformation

Integrating Technology for Information Literacy: Web Tools for Faculty



Monica Fusich, CSU Fresno monicaf@csufresno.edu Stephanie Brasley, Chancellor's Office sbrasley@calstate.edu Caroline Bordinaro, CSU Dominguez Hills, cbordinaro@csudh.edu Maryann Hight, CSU Stanislaus, mhight@csustan.edu Christy Stevens, Cal Poly Pomona, crstevens@csupomona.edu, twitter: crs7772 Tiffini Travis, CSU Long Beach, ttravis@csulb.edu, twitter: mojo_girl


This session will focus on communication and group collaboration by five librarians within the CSU system to create the content for a self-contained unit on the information literacy topic of evaluation. These web-based self-standing modules can be embedded into Critical Thinking, FYE, and GE courses across the CSU. The presenters will discuss the importance of using of open source products to create the modules, the pros and cons of products such as Wordpress, PBwiki, LMS systems, as well as what products worked to communicate and manage this project virtually. The importance of the availability of this module for courses intending to teach students the concept of information literacy will be addressed.

Edupunk 101: "edupunk is student-centered, resourceful, teacher- or community-created rather than corporate-sourced, and underwritten by a progressive political stance. Edupunk, it seems, takes old-school Progressive educational tactics--hands-on learning that starts with the learner's interests--and makes them relevant to today's digital age, sometimes by forgoing digital technologies entirely." (Stephen Downes)

Open Source Tools Blogs and Wikis- We examined different types of Blog and Wiki platforms for their ease of use, maintenance and ability to be used by multiple campuses. Eventually we settled on PBworks. Wordpress http://wordpress.com/ Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/ PBworks http://pbworks.com/

Screencasting- to integrate multimedia tools we examined creating our own videos using recording software. We eventually settled on using Adobe Presenter. screenr.com http://screenr.com/ jing.com http://www.jingproject.com/

Not So Open Source Content Management- we examined other proprietary tools available at our home institutions.

13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching April 24, 2010


Overview of technology used to communicate and collaborate Elluminate http://www.elluminate.com/ Blackboard site for document organization, meeting notes, etc. MindMeister Mindmaps http://www.mindmeister.com/ for idea generation, concept- mapping and storyboarding of modules

The Tutorial eVALUate Tutorial https://infolit101.pbworks.com/

Wiki The project coordinator made an executive decision to create and use PBwiki as the delivery platform.

Purpose of the tutorial: This set of digital learning modules seeks to help students to hone critical thinking processes by providing them with opportunities to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and to understand information through an ethical lens.

Tutorial Outline

Module 1 Evaluating Media Sources

Module 2 - Synthesizing Information

Module 3 Viewpoints - Values and Evaluating


Supporting Your Arguments with

Credible Sources

- Summarizing, Quoting, Paraphrasing

- What does Synthesis Look Like?

- Synthesis Tools: Using Signal Phrases




-Examine information and evaluate its usefulness based on these criteria: currency, reliability, accuracy, authority , purpose--point of view or bias -Draw conclusions based on information gathered

-Supporting Your Arguments with Credible Sources -Analyzing sources

-Investigate differing viewpoints encountered through your research


Synthesizing Information

-Review information retrieval sources commonly used (Google, Wikipedia, etc.) and expand to include others as needed

-Determine whether to incorporate or reject viewpoints encountered

Quoting, Summarizing, Paraphrasing


-Review your search strategy and incorporate additional concepts as necessary

-Determine if the original information need has been satisfied or if additional information is needed

13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching April 24, 2010

https://connect.csupomona.edu/activities_supporting/ 3 Additional Sources High Quality Online Learning Checklist


Additional Sources High Quality Online Learning Checklist http://www.csuchico.edu/celt/roi/ ECU Online Quality Guidelines http://www.ecu.edu.au/CLT/directorate/guidelines.html

Blummer, B., & Kritskaya, O. (2009). Best Practices for Creating an Online Tutorial: A Literature Review. Journal of Web Librarianship, 3(3), 199-216.


Kamenetz, A. (2010). DIY U: Edupunks, edupreneurs, and the coming transformation of higher education. White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Pub.

Lim, K. (2008). EduPunk: Do you fight for your right to ed-u-cate? Published on 6/20/2008 Retrieved 4/21/10 from http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=2254