Summary of Lesson Plans

COR 110 Concepts of the Self:

This session is the information literacy cornerstone.  It is a conceptual, not skills-based, session that introduces students to the critical thinking implicit and essential to information literacy.  In this session, librarians ask students to participate in a series of active learning exercises (including live polling via cell phone, group work, and discussion) to identify and characterize the ways they use information in their daily lives: how do they find information, what do they do with information, and how they would characterize their information preferences.  This session also includes a brief discussion of Wikipedia as a source in college-level research, and a discussion about how students evaluate resources on the web.

COR 120 Concepts of Community:

The Core 120 sessions introduce students to conducting library research. Using active-learning and small group work, librarians ask students to evaluate a variety of sources for their scholarly value and relevance.  Librarians introduce students to the library catalog, offer tips and tricks to effectively use books, demonstrate ways of using keywords in general databases, and practice ways to refine searches to find "best" sources.  This session is a more traditional introduction to the library, but is still inquiry-based and interactive.

COR 210 Scientific Revolutions:

This session focuses on using information ethically. This inquiry-based lesson asks students to consider plagiarism in multiple contexts: academic, professional, and everyday life. Librarians use active learning activities based around a series of video clips from YouTube to engage students and broaden the context in which they think about plagiarism, citation, and documentation. Through individual and small group work, students and librarians focus their inquiry on identifying cases of plagiarism in different professional settings, critically evaluating multiple scenarios of varying levels of plagiarism, and discussing the role of citations as a tools to share, capture, and attribute useful information.

COR 240 Capitalism and Democracy:

The COR 240 sessions are tied directly to the "Amendment" Common Assignment.  Librarians make suggestions for students to research within their professions, specifically within their professional associations and the professional literature.   This session also asks students, and devotes class time to, reflect on how to synthesize the information they have collected for the project.  The goal is for students to use this time to combine new information with pre-existing information.  Put simply, we formally pause so students can stop and think in order to develop new questions or strategies for deepening their research.

COR 310 Global Studies I, Technology and Development:

This session revolves specifically around the literature review common assignment.  The session emphasized: how a literature review differs from an annotated bibliography; steps in developing a more focused, in-depth research strategy including citation hunting and effective use of the library's list of full text databases; and citation management through Refworks, an online citation management tool available through the library.

Updated 1/21/11