Welcome to the Central Piedmont Library Instruction Guide for Information Literacy.
At the bottom of this page is the Library Carousel activity. This activity works well as a pre-test to evaluate how much students already know about databases, searching, and evaluating information.
Basic Information Literacy Skills (ENG 111 and first semester classes)
Intermediate Information Literacy Skills (ENG 112, COM 231, and second semester classes)
The Library has developed Brightspace Learning Object Repository objects for each objective. Objects include Brightspace quizzes, tutorials, and videos.
Want the whole thing all at once? This comprehensive Library tutorial walks through how to access the physical library, conduct research in the library databases, evaluate sources, understand scholarly sources, and how to use citations.
This is a great ice-breaker / pre-test activity when introducing research.
Time: 20 minutes
On the 4 whiteboards are questions. Each row is a group. Assign a group to a whiteboard. The possible questions:
Each row/group gets a different colored marker. They start at the board and have 2 minutes to brainstorm their question and write responses. After two minutes, they move to the next board (bringing their markers). They can write additional responses to the prompt, or agree with the previous group(s) by adding a checkmark, OR disagree by adding a question mark next to a statement. The colors show which groups question other groups in order to generate discussion.
Groups arrive back at their original station. They have a minute or two to summarize what’s on the board and present to the rest of class. Discussion ensues with “challenging” statements between groups. Librarian facilitates.
Assessment would be a post-test, based on the original pre-test questions:
Christy 2015: I have used this activity in ENG 111 and it works.