April 2018 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

April 2018 Site of the Month: Research Essentials Online

Interview with: Dani Wellemeyer and Jess Williams
Interviewer: Liz King

Project Description: This site showcases the online learning materials developed in-house at UMKC Libraries for the Research Essentials information literacy instruction program. Research Essentials is taught to three levels of writing and speaking courses in online, hybrid, and face-to-face configurations. Each level (100, 200, 300) features a lesson and quiz; each lesson contains a learning path of information literacy topics; and each quiz covers all the material from the corresponding lesson. The 100 lesson is introductory and focuses on the information cycle as a way of beginning to cover many concepts, including authors, audiences, and source types. The 200 lesson focuses on specifics of source types, fundamentals of searching, and source evaluation. The 300 lesson goes further in depth with its treatment of information creators and the research process. The learning objects on this site are assigned to online courses and used as flipped classroom material with hybrid and face-to-face courses, in which students spend classroom time on practical application of concepts learned beforehand through the online material. Each module was created using eCoach, a cloud-based e-learning authoring tool with rapid release, which allows for updates to the deployed learning objects at any time. Each module features video, images, infographics, and interactive elements, combining OERs with original content in modules designed specifically to support the university’s general education learning outcomes. In credit-bearing courses students complete Research Essentials lessons and quizzes as SCORM items in their instructor’s course site in the university’s LMS (currently Blackboard) so that scoring data is visible to each instructor for use as a grade.

The full interview is available at: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/april-2018-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

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