The Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) created the VALUE rubrics, so that colleges can establish standards by which to measure student work. The VALUE rubric for Information Literacy defines Information Literacy (IL) as,
The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand. - Adopted from the National Forum on Information Literacy
The five elements of Information Literacy, according to NFIL ,and used by AAC&U's VALUE Rubric, are:
1 - Determine the extent of information needed,
2 - Access the needed information,
3 - Evaluate information and its sources critically,
4 - Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and
5 - Access and use information ethically and legally.
The assignments listed below are each tied to one or more of the VALUE elements. Each assignment includes a Student Learning Outcome, a brief (1-5 lines) instruction, and a rubric for grading the assignment. Some also include an example of work or answer.
These are not complete information literacy assignments, but are instructions to incorporate into an existing assignment. For example, you all require bibliographies. Now you can add this SLO and instruction and the assignment now, partially, fulfills some of our Information Literacy requirements for WSCUC (formerly WASC) (core competency 2.2a) and for ABHE.
I wrote these with a few things in mind:
1 - don't add much to the student's workload,
2 - don't add much to the instructor's workload (instructions to paper/project AND grading),
3 - cover each of the VALUE elements, and
4 - provide as much to the instructor as possible.
If you would ever like to discuss a current assignment or make a new one and would like input about information literacy, please contact the Instruction and Reference Librarian. It would make our day.
These assignments were created for Steve Jung's presentation "Practical Information Literacy Assignments for Biblical and Religious Studies" at the 2017 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting in Boston.
Feel free to use or modify as desired.