See the TOPIC Generation and Teaching Research as Inquiry book chapter for an example of a process-based teaching module that includes activities, assignments, and an informal, low-stakes workshop that supports student development of research topics aimed at first-year college students. Suggested assessment activities and instruments are also provided. The TOPIC teaching module is the product of collaboration between a Rhetoric instructor and a member of The University of Iowa Libraries' Undergraduate Engagement Librarian team.
See the IDEAL 'Show What You Know,' 'Rhetoric in Knowledge Communities,' or 'Archives Alive' projects as examples of products of previous librarian/instructor collaboration. Rather than providing information literacy as an additional requirement, information literacy concepts and activities have been infused throughout each of these assignments.
Information Literacy á la carte is a set of stand-alone information literacy modules that can be used "as is" or customized for your individual classes. They are currently hosted on Google Docs, and can be used online, or downloaded and customized by following these directions:
This assignment asks students to delve into the world of primary source material. Students transcribe a document in the University of Iowa Libraries' DIY History project. These transcriptions make handwritten documents computer searchable and further the Libraries’ efforts to publicize these materials.
Students then hone research skills and skills of rhetorical analysis by composing a blog post, screencast, and presentation that demonstrate the document’s rhetorical construction and its place in history. This assignment invites students to consider the world out of which the document arose.
Learn more about the collaboration that went into creating this assignment here: Archives Alive!: librarian-faculty collaboration and an alternative to the five-page paper