of integrating fluency standards into the curriculum
Bruess, Ford, Baxter
Faculty and students on the Birmingham-Southern College campus would meet
one day to continue the conversation for information fluency across the
education curriculum. A second day would showcase uses already in place
among the general faculty and serve as models for others to create their
own methods within their disciplines to foster better use of technology
for information fluency within classes. The results of these efforts would
be shared with all faculty and with the ACS membership.
IF Education Plan
College Information Fluency Project: A Full-Campus Approach
Alexander, Shelburne, Newtown, van Hoosier-Carey, Becker, Fleck, Provost,
After one year of successfully implementing an IF grant, Centenary's project
seeks to strengthen and expand its scope through a series of new projects.
The IF Web site (http://www.centenary.edu/~balexand/if/)
will be expanded considerably to include a steady news update, more interactive
materials, and further downloadable texts. A partnership with the Frost
School of Business will create Knowledge Management (KM) materials for
business classes, while developing the college's first Management of Information
Systems (MIS) class for the 2003-2004 academic year. New IF materials
will be developed aligned with the college's new core education requirements,
instilling literacies according to their articulation in that document's
language. A new course, Introduction to Digital Communication (Communication
180) will embody IF principles. ACS involvement will increase. The previous
year's IF offerings will be repeated.
Dreams: Building Information Fluency at Centre College
This project request funds for a symposium promoting the information fluency
of the faculty and, ultimately, the students of Centre College. This working
symposium will first showcase various applications of technology to instruction
that have been developed by Centre College faculty and professional staff.
Building upon this collection of inspirational ideas, the symposium participants
will then engage in hands-on training sessions to develop the skills and
understanding required to implement their own ideas.
Project URL: http://web.centre.edu/mat/techdreams/
the "Computer Generation" in Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities
Allen, Jr., Dunigan
Helping our students achieve information fluency is both a challenging
and dynamic goal. Chief among these challenges is that our goal itself
is a moving target. The rapid pace of change in information technology
has likewise affected the preparations and expectations of our undergraduate
students. In order to design more effective and engaging educational programs
to achieve our goals, we need a more precise and current understanding
of our students' backgrounds and attitudes about using information technology.
Recently, we conducted a survey of Furman
University undergraduates. Over 500 students responded to an anonymous
questionnaire that asked them about their backgrounds, computing experience,
and current practices. In the proposed project, we hope to extend this
work to establish a baseline describing computing experiences and attitudes
for the liberal arts students across ACS institutions. This will be accomplished
by soliciting the assistance of colleagues within at least five additional
ACS schools. Each would administer the survey in order to collect additional
data and participate in the analysis of the results (for at least six
schools, including Furman). The survey instrument would be made available
both in printed and on-line forms. We would assist cooperating institutions
to conduct local surveys during the spring, 2002. The group would publish
a final report (results and analysis) that would be made available to
all interested parties-again, both in printed form, and on the Web-during
the summer, 2002. We believe that this information would be extremely
useful to our colleagues throughout the ACS and would hopefully lead to
cooperative efforts developing new and innovative programs in information
fluency. Further, we would hope that such collaboration would enable us
to secure additional funding to support educational programs in information
into Information Fluency: Integrating Information Fluency into the Hendrix
College Journeys Course
Fought, Fraser, Johnsen, Moore, Schantz
A one day IF workshop led by a notable expert will increase faculty awareness
of the intellectual significance of IF and will consequently provide future
impetus for faculty to integrate IF into the curriculum. Moreover, the
tangible desired outcomes will hopefully strengthen the conviction that
IF successes will benefit the entire Hendrix College community. As Hendrix
moves its academic calendar from a trimester to a semester system, the
entire general education curriculum is undergoing revision - including
the development of the Journeys course. This time of significant curricular
change seems a natural opportunity to introduce IF into the curriculum,
and the Journeys course is the perfect vehicle to ensure all entering
students develop IF skills (through the collaborative efforts of the Journeys
faculty, IT, and the library) necessary for academic and life-long success.
This project can, with the proper dissemination of results, serve as an
excellent model to future IF endeavors at Hendrix and other ACS institutions.
of Information Fluency into a Two-Semester Introductory Biology Laboratory
Lindquester, Johnson, Olsen, Brooks, Blundon, Hill, Jaslow, Jaslow, Kesler,
Miller, Stinemetz, Becker, Burks
This project is a follow-up to a 2000 ACS Information Fluency proposal
on Fostering Information Fluency in the Introductory Biology Laboratory.
That project involved modifying exercises that had been in practice for
several years and integrating library instruction and pre- and post-course
assessment of the information fluency of some 120 students enrolled in
one semester of introductory biology. The course will be taught in the
Spring of 2002, so the work is still ongoing at the time of this writing.
However, since last year's proposal, a unique opportunity has presented
itself. The Department of Biology is restructuring its introductory curriculum
and is preparing to develop entirely new syllabi for its two-semester
introductory laboratory series. Herein, we propose a half/day workshop
that would function to focus discussion and foster ideas on how to fully
integrate the objectives of the information fluency initiative into the
laboratory exercises and assignments. We will also continue the use of
an entrance survey assessing information fluency background and skills,
and an exit survey assessing the success of the program in advancing those
skills that will begin this spring. The ongoing assessment will provide
extended data with a similar population of students to better monitor
programmatic success. The model we develop will serve to inform other
departments at Rhodes and ACS member institutions. Workshop format and
materials and final syllabi will be readily available and exportable.
GIS into the Liberal Arts Curriculum: A Cross-Campus Seminar
Steve Ceccoli, Ekstrom, Kesler
We propose to offer a seminar at Rhodes College to explore way to integrate
GIS, Geographic Information Systems, into the liberal arts curriculum.
The seminar will foster collaboration between faculty, students, librarians,
and information technologists to increase the use of spatial analysis
across the campus. We will share the results with the consortium and the
larger community by use of the ACS web page.
Evaluation Questions for
Rhodes College GIS Seminar
GIS Seminar Rhodes
College September 14, 2002
GIS Seminar Rhodes
College October 12, 2002
GIS Day Open House
Information Fluency into the Curriculum
Cohen, Lloyd, Lairson, Mays, James, Friedland, Casey
Information fluency is vital to critical thinking and workforce readiness
skills. Understanding how information is stored, accessed, processed,
and evaluated is essential to the academic and career success of our students.
The basic principles of information fluency are flexible and transferable.
Our objective is to seed a number of courses throughout the curriculum
with a strong element of information fluency and technology issues. Students
who participate in such courses will acquire practical knowledge of information
fluency which can be applicable to further study and transferred into
Rollins College is proposing a two-week
seminar to provide faculty with training on techniques to seamlessly integrate
information fluency into their course syllabi. Faculty will be provided
instruction on how to redesign traditional syllabi and research projects
to require students to apply critical thinking skills and information
technology. Participating faculty members will implement this syllabus
in a course during the 2002-2003 academic year.
University of the
Theology and Religious Studies (STARS)
Dunkly, Phillips, Sells, Wood
As part of an overall effort to foster information fluency, the University
of the South will undertake the development of a program to identify,
describe, and train students in the use of electronic and audiovisual
resources in theology and religious studies. This program, to be called
Sewanee Theology and Religious Studies (STARS), will replace the present
library orientation for the School of Theology and will introduce field-specific
orientation to resources in religious studies for the Department of Religion
in the College of Arts and Sciences. Creation of a STARS website is to
be the primary outcome, together with the development of staff expertise
in using the website as a teaching tool. This website will provide on-demand
coaching to students (and secondarily to other library patrons interested
in the subject area), tailored to the specific demands of courses being
to Manage Spatial Information on ACS Campuses: prototyping an information
Collaboration between ACS institutions can be built by face-to-face meetings
to work on common problems. This proposal seeks travel funds to connect
five ACS campuses in a project to develop software to support fluency
with spatial data. External funding for further development will be sought
once prototypes have been built and tested.
and Millsaps College
Follow-on Information Fluency Experiences for Students Completing a Computer
In today's environment, it is impossible to divorce information from technology.
Thus, we must deal with how technology influences work with information.
With each passing year, students come to college with a greater knowledge
of computing tools. Thus, their technology skills are improving. As mentioned
earlier, many take computer literacy courses (under a variety of names
and guises) at our institutions.
Our proposal focuses on how to extend these technology skills to create
information fluent graduates. Such graduates will be in increasing demand
as we move fully into the digital age. Faced with unprecedented needs
for an information-fluent workforce, we believe the existing pipeline
of liberal arts graduates is a substantial and highly talented resource
that should be playing a much more prominent role in addressing this critical
national need. More innovative and expanded educational strategies in
information fluency will help facilitate this outcome.
University of Richmond
and Washington and Lee University
Student Awareness of Core Library Resources
Rettig, McCulley, Brown, Merrill, Stanley
The University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University will bring
an underrepresented and essential constituency into the ACS information
fluency project. That constituency is our undergraduate students. They
will participate in the project by completing a brief survey which will
give these two institutions, and by extension all ACS members, valuable
information about student awareness of fundamental library resources.
This information can be used for IF program planning and as a tool for
engaging faculty interest in IF.
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