On Day 5, you strive for perfection. It's like putting all of the decorations on the Christmas tree, taking a few steps back and saying: "What else can I add without this thing toppling over?"
From part 1 of our Information Literacy Series, with guest blogger Prof. Rachel Jorgenson:
…information flows in all directions and does as it pleases, for better or for worse, serving no masters and obeying no party line. -- Walter Kim “Little Brother Is Watching.” New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2010, p. 18.In essence, information literacy describes a set of skills that allow you
Many institutions and organizations have created their own definition of information literacy, but these definitions, when compared, are very similar to each other. (link to the full post)
- Information Literacy Instruction
- Orientation services for the First Year Experience program.
- Curricular Support
- Individual tutoring sessions for students.
- Professional development opportunities to faculty
- Information Literacy Program website
Information Literacy Services
One of the best additions to Blackboard are the mashups. While the term mash-up doesn't really fit, as implemented in Blackboard, it gives you an opportunity to add content from Slideshare (it's a .net, not a .com), Youtube, or Flickr. Check out this interesting webpage on "The Use of Digital Media in Blackboard"
- Flickr: a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.
- Slideshare: a site for viewing and sharing PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, or Adobe PDF Portfolios.
- YouTube: a site for viewing and sharing online videos.
Augment your lectures with existing content from these services. I especially like Slideshare [see blog post
Also check out Blackboard Scholar, which is a social bookmarking tool (Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking). It allows you to effectively share links with the class and the outside world. According to their site wiki:
[Scholar] provides an exciting new way for students and instructors to find educationally valuable resources on the Web. Using the knowledge and power of [a] network of educational users, Scholar will make it easier for instructors and students to find relevant resources on the Internet for courses and research. Furthermore, by storing and sharing associated information with each resource such as tags, disciplines, other users who have tagged and more, Scholar will allow users to evaluate the resources and find the most relevant and reliable.