Engaging Students in Undergraduate Research Programs: Strategies from the Virtual Field

Poster Description: How can we design information literacy instruction that engages undergraduate researchers and creates community in the virtual environment? This poster will address this question by describing one library’s involvement in an undergraduate research program and the strategies used to engage undergraduate researchers in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Poster: View the video on YouTube. Closed captions are included.

Presenter Name(s): Kimberly Shotick, Northern Illinois University and Larissa Garcia, Northern Illinois University

Presenter Bio(s): Kimberly Shotick (kshotick@niu.edu) is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University (NIU) Libraries. Her interests include information literacy, student success, outreach, and new media. Larissa Garcia (larissagarcia@niu.edu) is an associate professor and the Information Literacy Librarian at NIU Libraries. Her interests include information literacy instruction and innovations in faculty collaboration.

4 replies on “Engaging Students in Undergraduate Research Programs: Strategies from the Virtual Field”

What a thoughtful and well-structured program. Will you be repeating this online course in future semesters or academic years? If so, do you intend to remain online when students (and instruction) return to f2f on campus?

Thank you, we will be continuing this in the fall and while much is up in the air about what fall will look like for our institution, we do expect that we will keep some online component–I imagine that we would keep the Blackboard course and have at least one in-person meeting to build connections and community. Discussions with the office that manages Research Rookies will be taking place this summer and we are engaged in assessment of their posters right now.