92346 - Information Literacy in English - Bologna

Course Unit Page

  • Credits 3

  • Language English

SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The “Information Literacy Workshop” aims to develop strategies for enhancing students information skills in order to find, understand, evaluate and create proper information. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to find their way through the information RESOURCES, using them more effectively and consciously, thanks to the expertise acquired in the use of the TOOLS (catalogs, databases, repositories, search engines, citation managers) and aware of the SERVICES the University makes available to them (remote access, interlibrary loans, reservations, online renewals, tutorials).

Course contents

The course covers the main bibliographic research methods and tools and the recognition of several documentary sources. The module, developed in three steps, will focus on:

  1. the main methods of querying information resources and retrieval of the documents needed to study and research through the most suitable tools;
  2. the selection and synthesis of research results: the criteria for evaluating the most appropriate information based on the type of resource and research purpose; the organization of the retrieved data;
  3. the proper citation methods from formal, ethical and legal point of view, thus avoiding unaware actions of plagiarism.

Teaching methods

Blended: frontal teaching on MS Teams & self-learning on IOL

Starting from a specific case (e.g.: retrieving the texts cited in a bibliography for an exam, or texts on a topic for a term paper, etc.) we go back to the possible solutions for setting the learning content, giving priority to an interactive and collaborative problem solving approach. We will proceed by drawing distinction between the research by document (e.g.: we start from a bibliography on a specific research topic) from the research by subject (e g: we arrive at the drafting of a bibliography on a specific research topic). We will use simulations and exercises to foster the active participation of students. The workshop is designed to allow students to gain experience, help them understand how information is organized and to increase their ability to recognize, analyze and evaluate sources.

The six lectures will be held in March and / or May 2022; the dates will be published shortly.

Assessment methods

At the end of the course students will be assigned a topic on which they will produce brief bibliographic research describing it through a sort of logbook that will contribute to the learning assessment for suitability to be achieved, together with the minimum attendance required percentage (70% of the entire duration = 4 lessons out of 6). The planned tests on VIRTUALE platform are self-assessed.

Teaching tools

VIRTUALE Platform

Links to further information

https://sba.unibo.it/en/about-us/projects/ongoing-projects/information-literacy-as-a-soft-skill