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Guide to Using Videos & Tutorials from Credo InfoLit

Starter Kit

Credo InfoLit: Information Literacy - Starter Kit

To hit the ground running, try the following material with students. It will give them a solid start on IL basics without being overwhelming.

What is Credo InfoLit?

Credo InfoLit is a set of online videos, tutorials, and quizzes covering information literacy. Your library has subscribed to Credo InfoLit and it is free for you and students to use, on campus or off.

The resource aims to:

  • Help students learn how to find relevant and reliable library and other research materials
  • Formulate appropriate, workable research questions
  • Synthesize what they learn into a final product such as a research paper, including citations that are apt for their field

Wondering how Credo InfoLit works in real-life classrooms? This brief case study illustrates how Teri Catanio, an instructor and Director of the Career Center at Cairn University,PA, used Credo InfoLit to increase her students' research and writing abilities--the gains were immediate and persisted long-term, making the professors work easier and the students more successful.

3 ways to use Credo InfoLit in your course

Credo InfoLit gives you a “low lift” option to start incorporating information literacy instruction in your class and assignments. If your class already focuses on information literacy already, Credo InfoLit can complement what you’re doing through 60+ videos, tutorials, and assessments. You can increase instructional time for information literacy by shifting lecture-based instruction to homework (flipped classroom), allowing for hands-on, high impact learning when students come to seminar.

A few ways you can utilize Credo InfoLit in your course: 

1. For Faculty: Share Links Before Seminar in Course Announcements or Emails
Limited time during seminar with students to teach them the skills they need to successfully complete their assignment?

  • It can be hard to balance teaching students the conceptual knowledge they need and the basic mechanics of research for their assignments in one sitting. Use multimedia to flip your instruction. Students can go through multimedia on their own time (before or after class) to get basic concepts of research and information literacy.
  • Benefit: You can focus your time with students in Bongo seminars elsewhere, while still reinforcing information literacy concepts.

2. Course Designers: Scaffold throughout your Course
Are you concerned about providing enough engaging support for students while they complete their research papers and assignments?

  • Use multimedia to flip information literacy instruction throughout several units of your course. Students can go through multimedia on their own time to learn basic concepts and practice research skills. Reinforce IL concepts through the research assignments you planned to give as part of your course - like annotated bibliographies, research papers, etc. Relevant multimedia can be shared with students at each step of a major research project, right at their point of need.
  • Benefit: Students can benefit from information literacy instruction without a significant impact on your course assignments and plans.

3. For Faculty: As a Remedial Tool
Do some of your students need a refresher or additional help with how to do research (transfer students, non-traditional students, at risk students)?

  • Use multimedia as a remedial tool for students who need to review basic information literacy skills. Students can get the help they need without significantly impacting your planned course syllabus and seminars.
  • Benefit: Students who need additional help can benefit from information literacy instruction without a significant impact on your syllabus/seminar.

For more ideas on how to implement these suggestions, please visit our Help Site for Instructional Aids.