Information Literacy Virtual Workshops

New information literacy workshops will be offered beginning in January 2023. Workshop dates, descriptions, and registration information is available below.

Research Assignments: Identifying Unspoken Expectations

Thursday, January 19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (Eastern). To register for January 19: Research Assignments Workshop

Wednesday, January 25, 11:00-12:00 pm (Eastern). To register for January 25: Research Assignments Workshop

While research assignments are common in higher education, they can also be sources of frustration for both students and instructors. Due to their academic experience and disciplinary knowledge, instructors may have expectations related to student performance on these assignments that they may not explicitly address with students. Recognizing and addressing these tacit expectations may create a more equitable learning environment for all students.

This workshop, part of the Information Literacy Virtual Workshop Series, will help instructors to identify the “hidden” expectations within research assignments that may create challenges for students. Participants will also learn strategies for revising research assignments to be more transparent.

This workshop is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State. Instructors and librarians from other institutions are also welcome to attend.

For those affiliated with Ohio State, this workshop counts as credit toward the Teaching Information Literacy endorsement from the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Digital Wellness Mini-Workshop: What is Digital Wellness?

Tuesday, January 31, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for January 31: What is Digital Wellness?

Wednesday, February 1, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 1: What is Digital Wellness?

In this 15-minute mini-workshop, participants will explore several definitions of digital wellness, or digital well-being, identify component of digital wellness, and will learn about behaviors that do or do not promote digital wellness.

Digital Wellness Mini-Workshop: Identifying Persuasive Technologies

Tuesday, February 7, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 7: Persuasive Technologies

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 8: Persuasive Technologies

A key component of digital wellness is understanding the way that design can manipulate our use of technology. This 15-minute mini-workshop will identify a few key techniques that are used to get and keep our attention and highlight strategies students can use to support digital wellness.

Teaching Source Evaluation: Identifying Evaluation Myths

Thursday, February 9, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (Eastern). To register: Identifying Evaluation Myths.

Evaluating information sources is a key task for students. However, research shows that the traditional evaluation strategies that many students have previously been taught (such as the CRAAP test) may actually make it more challenging for them to identify credible sources. These strategies may encourage students to focus primarily on more superficial elements of a source, such as the domain (.com, .org). In this workshop, participants will learn about some of the key source evaluation myths that may contribute to students’ challenges with identifying credible sources. Participants will also learn strategies for teaching students to more effectively identify trustworthy sources.

This workshop is part of the Information Literacy Virtual Workshop Series and is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff, and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State. Instructors and librarians from other institutions are also welcome to attend.

For those affiliated with Ohio State, this workshop counts as one credit hour toward the Teaching Information Literacy endorsement from the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Source Evaluation Myths Mini-Workshop: Evaluation by Domain

Monday, February 13, 3:00-3:15 (Eastern). To register for February 13: Evaluation by Domain.

Tuesday, February 14, 12:30-12:45 (Eastern). To register for February 14: Evaluation by Domain.

Many students have been taught that a website’s domain (.org, .edu., .com) can be used to evaluate the credibility of the site. This 15-minute mini-workshop will explore the reasons why domain should not be used as an indicator of credibility and provide resources and activities that instructors can use to help students learn more about this issue.

This workshop covers content from the hour-long Teaching Source Evaluation: Source Evaluation Myths workshop offered by the University Libraries, but is broken down into a bite-size segment for instructors with limited time. The mini workshop is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff, and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.

Digital Wellness Mini-Workshop: Teaching Resources and Strategies

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 14: Resources and Strategies

Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 pm-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 15: Resources and Strategies

Source Evaluation Myths Mini-Workshop: Trusting the “About” Page

Wednesday, February 15, 3:00-3:15 (Eastern). To register for February 15: Trusting the About Page.

Thursday, February 16, 12:30-12:45 (Eastern). To register for February 16: Trusting the About Page.

One strategy that students are often taught for evaluating websites is to carefully consider the “About” page on a site. This 15-minute mini-workshop will explore the reasons why students need to be wary of trusting the information provided in these pages. Participants will leave with ideas for quick activities that they can use to help students find better information about a site’s creator or sponsor.

This workshop covers content from the hour-long Teaching Source Evaluation: Source Evaluation Myths workshop offered by University Libraries, but is broken down into a bite-size segment for instructors with limited time. The mini workshop is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.

Source Evaluation Myths Mini-Workshop: Links and References

Monday, February 20, 3:00-3:15 (Eastern). To register for February 20: Links and References

Tuesday, February 21, 12:00-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 21: Links and References

Guides to source evaluation often teach students to check whether a site has links or references to other credible sources. This 15-minute mini-workshop will explore the reasons why the presence of links or references should not be automatically taken by students to be a signal of credibility.

This workshop covers content from the hour-long Teaching Source Evaluation: Source Evaluation Myths workshop offered by University Libraries, but is broken down into a bite-size segment for instructors with limited time. The mini workshop is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.

Source Evaluation Myths Mini-Workshop: Website Aesthetics

Wednesday, February 22, 3:00-3:15 (Eastern). To register for February 22: Website Aesthetics

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-12:15 (Eastern). To register for February 23: Website Aesthetics

Students may give undue emphasize to the professional “look” of a website as part of the evaluation process. This 15-minute mini-workshop will discuss the reasons why focus on appearance may lead students to mischaracterize the credibility of a site. Participants will leave with ideas for quick activities to help students move beyond superficial factors when evaluating sources.

This workshop covers content from the hour-long Teaching Source Evaluation: Source Evaluation Myths workshop offered by University Libraries, but is broken down into a bite-size segment for instructors with limited time. The mini workshop is open to all instructors, librarians, instructional support staff and graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.

Inclusive Citation Practices

Wednesday, February 22, 12:00-1:00. To register: Inclusive Citation Practices.

What are inclusive citation practices? Inclusive citation has been described as “an approach to citing the intellectual and creative work of individuals and groups with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Inclusive citation works to counteract dominant power structures that have historically privileged certain groups while disadvantaging others” (Rowan University). This workshop will explore the concept of inclusive citation and why it matters. Participants will leave with resources and activities that they can share with their students in support of inclusive citation practices.

For those affiliated with Ohio State, this workshop counts as credit toward the Teaching Information Literacy endorsement from the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning and/or the Inclusive Teaching Endorsement

Strategies for Equitable and Inclusive Research Assignment Design

Wednesday, March 8, 12:00-1:15. To register: Equitable and Inclusive Assignments.

Research assignments can be sources of frustration for both students and instructors. Some students will come to college better prepared than others to complete research assignments. This workshop focuses on how instructors can redesign research assignments keeping equity and inclusion in mind. Participants will learn to identify some of the key learning bottlenecks that may cause students to struggle related to research assignments, identify the way in which their own expertise and experience may contribute to these bottlenecks, and learn how they can use the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework to redesign research assignments to make expectations more transparent, contributing to a more equitable learning environment for all students.

For those affiliated with Ohio State, this workshop counts as credit toward the Teaching Information Literacy endorsement from the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning and/or the Inclusive Teaching Endorsement

Information Literacy, Equity, and Social Justice

Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:00. To register: Information Literacy, Equity, and Social Justice.

Information literacy is about more than being able to use a database or cite a source. It also incorporates critical consideration of the systems by which information is created, accessed, disseminated, used and valued. This includes a recognition that not everyone has the same ability to access information nor the same ability to make their voices heard. This workshop focuses on understanding information literacy within the context of equity and social justice. Participants will leave with ideas for how they can support students abilities to approach information with a critical, justice-oriented mindset.

For those affiliated with Ohio State, this workshop counts as credit toward the Teaching Information Literacy endorsement from the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning and/or the Inclusive Teaching Endorsement

Past Workshops

To view recordings of previous workshops, go to: Past Workshops.