The Council on Instructional Affairs Learning Resources Standing Committee seeks to replace the existing LIS 2004 curriculum with totally new content reflective of current pedagogy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The new committee will replace all of the LIS statewide curriculum committees.
LIS 2004 began in 1997 as a Learning Resources Standing Committee project to develop a statewide one-credit, web-based course which would teach basic Internet research skills. The original charge to the course development committee was to develop a credit course to provide students with the necessary skills to use the Internet as a supplemental resource in the community college library. The course would also enforce library instruction efforts to teach basic research strategies and to introduce students to the Internet, online library catalogs and online databases. The LIS 2004 Course Revision Committee is charged to revise and update the course content. The Course Revision Committee reviews all course materials and makes decisions on recommended course revisions. The LRSC Standing Committee submits these recommendations to the CIA LRSC Chair for final approval.
Scope of work should include but is not limited to:
The committee has agreed upon a new proposed course title: Research Strategies for College Students.
The committee has agreed upon a new proposed course description: Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in college-level research by identifying, evaluating, and using diverse information sources from the internet and library databases. This course follows the research process that includes developing topics and thesis statements, creating search strategies, and critically evaluating and ethically citing sources. These research and critical thinking skills are crucial for success not only in college but also in the workplace.
The committee has agreed upon a new course learning outcome: Upon completion of this course, students will develop information literacy and critical thinking skills by demonstrating the ability to access, evaluate, use, and cite information efficiently and effectively.
Since the last update at the end of September, we have accomplished the following:
In October, we used a survey to gather input from librarians at the 28 Florida colleges to create a new course title, description, and learning outcome. The following was approved by a large majority:
Title: Research Strategies for College Students
Description: Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in college-level research by identifying, evaluating, and using diverse information sources from the internet and library databases. This course follows the research process that includes developing topics and thesis statements, creating search strategies, and critically evaluating and ethically citing sources. These research and critical thinking skills are crucial for success not only in college but also in the workplace.
Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this course, students will have developed information literacy and critical thinking skills and will be able to demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate, use, and cite information efficiently and effectively.
Over the past few months, the committee has reviewed many resources to establish a new course outline. Tallahassee Community College librarians revised the LIS2004 course in Summer 2016 to create new content to better match the frames and reflect new challenges in locating and evaluating sources. Instead of starting with a blank slate, the committee decided to use the new (and somewhat experimental) course as a starting point for developing new content with the understanding that we may need to develop the majority of the course materials from scratch. We each read “Information now: a graphic guide to student research” by Upson and Hall, 2015, reviewed a variety of course materials/tutorials/videos shared via Google Drive, and reviewed the new course materials created by TCC.
Although we have not finalized the learning objectives, we developed a course outline in order to continue moving forward with the course revision. The working outline of the course lesson structure is currently:
Each lesson’s working learning objectives have been mapped to the ACRL frames. We will finalize the learning objectives. After finalizing the learning objectives, we will ensure the course content and assessments meet them.
The committee met February 10, 2017. We are continuing to review the materials from the TCC course and elsewhere to determine the content we might keep, what we can use, what we can borrow from other institutions, and what we need to develop. Lessons have been assigned to committee members. Committee members will share their first draft lesson content with the committee before our next meeting. We will review, discuss, and revise the content during our meeting scheduled for February 24th. Particular attention will be paid to lesson continuity and alignment to the frames.
The following is an update of what the committee has accomplished, is currently working on, and plans to accomplish according to the committee’s charge.
Additional Comments/Concerns: When we started our work last fall, we were surprised to see how many variations there are of this course’s title and description among the 28 state college libraries. Perhaps this will be a great opportunity to encourage standardization throughout the state?
Committee Members and Terms
3 Years (August 2016 – July 2019)
Seminole State College
Angie Neely-Sardon, Committee Co-Chair
Indian River State College
Helene Gold, Committee Co-Chair
Tallahassee Community College
2 Years (August 2016 – July 2018)
Eastern Florida State College
St. Petersburg College
Polk State College
Gulf Coast State College
LRSC Liaisons (2017-18)
Lori Driscoll, LRSC Chair
Gulf Coast State College
Courtlann Thomas, LRSC Liaison
Polk State College