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 explores, through inquiry-based discussion, filter bubbles and their impact on our information landscapes.
COR 120 Concepts of Community:
The Core 120 session introduces 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. Using a case study that involves intellectual property and alleged misuse of information in scientific and popular writing, students explore complex nuances of plagiarism in a professional context. Through discussion, students explore issues of motivation, credibility and consequence with information ethics. Students also reflect on the misuse of information in their major or chosen profession.
COR 220 Aesthetic Expressions:
The COR 220 sessions continue the theme of using information ethically. This lesson will explore mash-ups in the entertainment industry and question whether they are pieces of artwork that are created ethically. Exploring the issue from a number of industry perspectives, students will reflect on the ethical implications of merging and creating forms of media for artistic expression. This session is delivered asynchronously, online, using the college's learning management system.
COR 230 Ethics & the Environment:
This session also investigates the ethical use of information through a specific lens. In this class, students investigate the use of computer-generated footage for scientific argument and persuasion. Using a specific case study, which alleges misuse of Hollywood Blockbuster movie footage in a documentary on climate change, students will discuss the implications on credibility and reliability. This session is delivered asynchronously, online, using the college's learning management system.
COR 240 Bodies:
The COR 240 Bodies session explores the idea of embodiment through information. Students explore how media portrayal of body shape, gender, sexuality and race affects our thinking of societal norms. Using examples of advertising and marketing, students engage in an important and, at times, uncomfortable discussion. Additionally, students will begin to reflect on how they portray themselves through their choices on social media and other online platforms. This session incorporates elements of media and digital literacies. Students will be asked to draw and illustrate their digital representations/personas.
COR 250 Secular & the Sacred:
This session is aimed specifically at supporting students as they work on their ethnography common assignment. In this session, students will discover the benefit of the one-to-one interview as a means of gathering information and deepening insight into a practicing person of faith. This lesson exposes students to the practice of probing and inquiring in a curious but respectful way.
COR 260 Democracies/COR 270 Heroines & Heroes:
The sessions for COR 260 and COR 270 are designed to provide students with assistance with the common research difficulties experienced during literature searching. Incorporating a "choose your own adventure" approach, students select a lesson on brainstorming research topics to identify appropriate research scope, or a lesson on generating keywords for effective database searching. This session is delivered asynchronously, online, using the college's learning management system.
COR 280 Colonialism & Western Identity:
During the COR 280 session, students focus on primary source documents and artifacts as a means to explore western identity. Students interact with replica primary sources and discuss the perspectives found within. Students also reflect on the benefit and value of primary source documents. This session uses critical pedagogy to highlight issues of oppression and racism in immigration & resettlement.
COR 310 The Global Condition:
The COR 310 session revolves specifically around the written research paper common assignment that asks students to identify and synthesize 5-7 sources on global progress. This session asks students to reflect on how to synthesize the information they have collected for their assignment. Librarians offer students the approval matrix framework to equip students with the skills to combine and connect their seemingly disparate information sources. This session is active throughout.