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LIB-1 Syllabus: Introduction to Information Literacy (8 weeks): Course Syllabus

Welcome!

Hi! I'm Dani Wilson (any pronouns), your instructor for this semester. I'm a white, anxious, bi, non-binary librarian who loves Sci-Fi, fantasy, video and tabletop gaming. Your success in the course is important to me, and I'm happy to help with any questions. I'll get back to you within 24 hours, except for messages sent over the weekend which I'll respond to on Monday. Here are the ways you can reach me.
  • Reply to the Announcements.
  • Send a private message in Canvas Inbox.
  • Post a question in our Q&A discussion.
  • Send a chat in Pronto (be sure to tag me directly).
  • Meet with me! I am available Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3 pm - 4 pm (LIB 203 or Zoom). Fridays: 10 am - 12 pm (Zoom only). Office hours Zoom link (links to external site).

In this class, we will explore information and how to use it. We will discuss and learn about how to identify good sources of research information,  find articles and ebooks, and evaluate sources of information. As learners, you will be responsible for engaging with course content and each other. As your guide through this course, I will be responsible for answering your questions and providing prompt grading and feedback. We're all encouraged to converse via Pronto, but student participation is not required.

Everyone is Welcome and Everyone can Succeed!

Diversity is a vital and beautiful thing in the world. It is my intention that students from all backgrounds and perspectives be welcome and well-served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of the class. Students are encouraged to speak up and participate in the class. Because the class will represent a diversity of individual beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences, every member of this class must show respect for every other member of this class. I support an inclusive learning environment where diversity and individual differences are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as a source of strength.

General Course Info

  • Course Name: LIB-1: Introduction to Information Literacy
  • Semester/Year: Spring 2024
  • Course Dates: 2/12 - 4/7
  • Class Location: Online via Canvas
  • Class Meeting Times: There are no required meetings for this class
  • Instructor's Name: Daniel (Dani) Wilson, Any pronouns accepted
  • This syllabus will be updated as needed. If any changes are made during the course, these will be posted as announcements within the course

Textbooks and Materials

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (links to external site) by Daniel Wilson. This text is available online for free, licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC. This page also includes a red PDF button where you can download a PDF copy. Links to the textbook will also be included in the course modules.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills: 

  1. Analyze a research/information need.
    • Critical Thinking: Students will be able to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills about issues, problems, and explanations for which multiple solutions are possible. Students will be able to explore problems and, where possible, solve them. Students will be able to develop, test, and evaluate rival hypotheses. Students will be able to construct sound arguments and evaluate the arguments of others.
  2. Develop and utilize search strategies relevant to an information need.
    • Information Competency & Technology Literacy: Students will be able to use technology to locate, organize, and evaluate information. They will be able to locate relevant information, judge the reliability of sources, and evaluate the evidence contained in those sources as they construct arguments, make decisions, and solve problems.
  3. Assess the value of information.
    • Critical Thinking: Students will be able to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills about issues, problems, and explanations for which multiple solutions are possible. Students will be able to explore problems and, where possible, solve them. Students will be able to develop, test, and evaluate rival hypotheses. Students will be able to construct sound arguments and evaluate the arguments of others.

Student Services

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Participation in this Class

Participation in this class will come in the following forms:

  • Participation in weekly discussion boards (including creating an original post and responses to two different student's original post threads)
  • Reading weekly course announcements
  • Reading and viewing assigned course content
  • Completing weekly quizzes and assignments
  • (Optional) Participation in Pronto discussions. I will post weekly Pronto prompts which may include Guess Who games to identify key terms in the class, and check-ins on how you're doing.

Participating in the course will help enhance your learning. It will also help you to benefit from your fellow students as they present their own thoughts and perspectives on the course content.

Responsibilities and Expectations

Standards of conduct for students and myself

  • Sign your name to emails and put the class in the subject line of emails. 
  • Be considerate. Rude or threatening language, inflammatory assertions, rants, personal attacks, or other inappropriate communication will not be tolerated.
  • Don't post messages in all CAPS. It comes across as shouting online. 
  • Always practice good grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition. Use complete sentences and avoid 'text speak'.
  • Respect people's pronouns, affirming names, and boundaries. Use inclusive language (links to external site).
  • This is an academic class, so it is expected that your posts and submissions will be thought out and understandable. Points will be lost for unclear content.

An instructor has the right to remove a student from class any time they consider the student's actions to be interfering with a proper collegiate environment. The instructor may also refer the incident to the administration for disciplinary action as warranted. Removal from class applies to online classes as well as face-to-face classes. 

Academic Honesty and Etiquette

Please see page 12 of the College Catalog (links to an external site) for the college's policy on academic honesty. This course will follow the policies of the college in regards to academic integrity. 

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is not tolerated. Make sure your work is your own. Please ask if you have any questions regarding what constitutes plagiarism.  

Plagiarized work will receive a zero and no make-up work will be provided.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy

AI Use Permitted with Attribution

Use of AI tools, including ChatGPT, is permitted in this course for students who wish to use them. To adhere to our scholarly values, students must cite any AI-generated material that informed their work (this includes in-text citations and/or use of quotations, and in your reference list). Using an AI tool to generate content without proper attribution qualifies as academic dishonesty.

What is AI-Generated Material?

AI-Generated Material includes any content created by an AI tool, that is then used in a submitted assignment. Some examples of AI content that must be cited:

  • If you include a sentence (or more) or quote produced by an AI tool in your assignment submission or discussion board post.
  • If you use an AI tool to create an image or media element to include in your assignment submission or discussion board post.

Some examples of AI content that does not need to be cited:

  • If you use an AI tool for tutoring or helping your understanding of a topic.
  • If you use an AI tool to create search keywords or information that can help you complete an assignment (but are not including AI-generated content in your submission).
  • If you use an AI tool to recommend basic grammatical or spelling corrections in your writing.

Assignments & Grading in this Class

Assignment Values

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due by 11:59pm PST on Sundays.  

Grades are based on a total accumulation of points (out of 700 total points). Assignments are not weighted or graded on a curve. Assignments and point values may vary depending on progression of the course.  

  • Syllabus Quiz = 5 points (1%)
  • Student Contract = 5 points (1%)
  • Week Discussions and Participation = 140 points (20%)
  • Weekly Reading Quizzes = 100 points (14%)
  • Weekly Assignments = 350 points (50%)
  • Final Project = 100 points (14%)

Please note that these point totals are subject to change.

Grading

Grades are based on a total accumulation of points

90 - 100%: A 

80 - 89%: B 

70 - 79%: C 

60 - 69%: D 

0 - 59%: F 

 

Riverside Community College District uses the letter system of grading the quality of work performed by students. The following grades are used: 

“A”, excellent 

“B”, good 

“C”, satisfactory 

“D”, passing, less than satisfactory 

“F”, failing 

“FW”, failing due to cessation of participation in a course after the last day to officially withdraw from a course 

“I”, incomplete 

“IP”, in progress 

“RD”, report delayed 

“P”, pass; “NP”, no pass; “W”, formal withdrawal from the college or a course 

“MW”(military withdrawal). 

For more information about the grading system, please see page 48 of the college catalog (links to an external site).

Late Work Policy

Discussion boards and weekly reading quizzes are due Thursday by 11:59 PM PST. Other assignments, unless otherwise identified, are due by 11:59 PM PST on Sunday. However, non-discussion board student work will be accepted without penalty up to the first day (Monday) of the last week of the course.  Due to the need for student discussions and responses, Discussion Board assignments must be turned in on time. Discussion board posts will not be accepted more than 24 hours late. Exceptions and extensions may be made for students who contact the instructor ahead of time due to real-life issues and emergencies. If work is submitted late, grading and feedback will also likely be returned to the student later than usual.

Attendance

Students who add this class on or after the first day of class must officially register with Admissions by the add deadline and pay fees per Admissions and Records policies. 

Students who choose not to continue the course are responsible for dropping the course. Please do not assume that I have dropped you. If you stopped attending the course but haven't officially dropped then you may end up receiving an "F.", which we certainly don't want. If you have questions or need help with this then you can contact Student Services (links to an external site).

Students are expected to regularly log into Canvas and RCCD student email in order to keep up with assignments, announcements, and any changes to the course schedule.  

Student Contract

Students are required to submit the Student Contract through Canvas within the first week of class.  Students who fail to complete the Student Agreement during the first week of class may be dropped from the class. 

Extra Credit Work

There will be three extra credit opportunities available in the course, to help encourage you to engage with additional content, learn more about the course topics, and provide feedback on the course. Each of these extra credit assignments will be worth 5 points. Additionally, I will track the entire class' completion of these assignments and it will contribute to the class' 'level' in the Info Quest. Info Quest is a game to see how far the class can progress in level, and doesn't have any effect on your grades or other work.

 

Course Workload

As a one-unit course, the course workload may initially seem heavy. However, please keep in mind that this is a condensed course, only lasting 8 weeks. Additionally, this is a fully online course so the course workload includes work which would normally be done in class. You should expect to dedicate 4-5 hours a week for this 8-week course.

Course Summary

All activities and assignments are due on Sunday by 11:59 PM PST

Due Date - Activity Name

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