Rhodes College and Millsaps College
At Rollins College, all seniors in the honors degree program enroll in a two-semester seminar designed to help them in initiating, sustaining, and completing their honors research projects. The seminar, especially in the fall semester, is crafted as a series of steps in which the students narrow their topics, define their theses, and establish their plans of procedure. Working with their individual faculty sponsors and with the seminar director, the students are assisted early in the spring term in the difficult process of completing their research and starting their writing.
In this proposal our immediate objectives are (1) to assure that these honors degree students possess the information fluency skills required to integrate traditional and emerging sources of information into their research and (2) to improve the process by which they incorporate the results of this research into their thesis projects. Our overarching goal is to make certain that these projects demonstrate that the students have mastered the skills of computer literacy, information literacy, and critical thinking.
With support from the ACS we will convene a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 14, 2002, in which two reference librarians, two information technologists, and four faculty members (representing the expressive arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences) will conduct sessions for the students on developing the information fluency skills required for (1) identifying and accessing information, (2) evaluating their resources, and (3) integrating their research into their projects. Each session will combine theory and practice. The workshop will conclude with a final session and overview to which all the faculty sponsors for 2002-03 will be invited.
Information Fluency into the First-Year Experience
All first-year students enroll in one of the Rollins Conference Courses offered during the fall semester. The courses are seminars chaired by members of the faculty drawn from the full range of academic disciplines in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The Conference Course topics-which often reflect the instructors' areas of expertise--are selected to be interesting, relevant, and challenging. Students participate actively in class and attend co-curricular events and activities, which may include invited speakers on campus, cultural events in Orlando, and field or research trips to various locations in the surrounding area. As part of the Conference Course program, students also participate in a number of on-campus experiences that build a foundation for academic and social success at Rollins. The faculty members teaching the seminar courses serve as academic advisors to their students, and student peer mentors assist in the courses and help first-year students make the transition to college life and work.
We believe that Information Fluency should be a vital part of the students' first year experience. With ACS support, we will invite RCC faculty to participate in a six-day workshop that will teach them the skills necessary to integrate Information Fluency into their first-year seminars. RCC faculty will implement their re-designed RCC courses during the 2003-2004 academic year.
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