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Instructional Inspirations: Issue #8 November 2010

This guide identifies a variety of activities, online tools, web 2.0 technologies and videos to enhance information literacy instruction.

Inspirations for November 2010

In this issue we present ideas for teaching search strategies.   

Inspiration 1: Teaching Search Strategies through student reflection and practice 
Lora Largo, SMCC
The intention of this library instructional search strategy is designed to get insight into students’ level of awareness and help them self-reflect about their learning.  Additional techniques for questioning and responding to students can be created to reinforce critical thinking, problem solving, self-reflection and practice.  Best practice is to collaborate with the discipline faculty.  Lesson plan & student handouts

Inspiration 2: Using a Google form to provide students feedback on search strategies
Marsha Ballard and Danielle Carlock, SCC
 After an instruction session, nursing students were given a link to a Google form where they could submit a search strategy and receive customized feedback from one of us. This proved to be especially useful as there was a gap of several weeks between the session and when the assignment was actually due. After receiving feedback via email, some students made appointments for in-depth assistance. We were also able to use form submissions to evaluate whether the session was effective in teaching students how to create a search strategy. Another option, which we haven't yet explored, is using a Google form within the session to "check for understanding" of search strategies and to provide individual feedback to students during hands-on work.