Information Literacy Courses
*Attention Academic Departments*
As of Fall 2014, Departments are responsible for incorporating into their majors certain academic competencies, including Information Literacy. Please see the Resources for Faculty/Competencies in the Major section on this site for assistance in developing your proposals and the updated learning objectives for Information Literacy: http://www.albany.edu/generaleducation/implementation-timetable.php
Approved courses introduce students to various ways in which information is organized and structured and to the process of finding, using, producing, and distributing information in a variety of media formats, including traditional print as well as computer databases. Students acquire experience with resources available on the Internet and learn to evaluate the quality of information, to use information ethically and professionally, and to adjust to rapidly changing technology tools. Students are encouraged to complete this requirement within the freshman or sophomore year.
Approved Criteria for Information Literacy Courses: Courses that satisfy the Information Literacy requirement will have three characteristics:
- Classroom activities on finding, evaluating, citing, and using information in print and electronic sources from the University Libraries, World Wide Web, and other sources. Courses should address questions concerning the ethical use of information, copyrights, and other related issues that promote critical reflection;
- Assignments, course work, or tutorials that make extensive use of the University Libraries, World Wide Web, and other information sources. Assignments should include finding, evaluating, and citing information sources;
- At least one research project that requires students to find, evaluate, cite, and use information presented in diverse formats from multiple sources and to integrate this information within a single textual, visual, or digital document.
Learning Objectives for General Education Information Literacy Courses
Information Literacy courses enable students to demonstrate:
- locate, evaluate, synthesize and use information from a variety of sources;
- understand and use basic research techniques appropriate to the course discipline;
- understand the various ways in which information is organized and structured;
- understand the ethical issues involved in accessing and using information.