As information literacy is a critical thinking skill that spans all disciplines and develops over time and through multiple exposures, the information literacy program for first year students is an interdisciplinary effort to lay a foundation of basic skills and concepts which students will build upon throughout college.
The sequenced modules work off of each other to address progressively complex aspects of information literacy:
In order to maximize the impact of these sessions on students' information literacy learning, we encourage faculty to
We look forward to working with faculty to foster the lifelong information literacy of our students at Western New England University!
Explore the tabs below to learn more about the class modules, pre- and post-class exercises, and how information literacy is assessed in the first year.
Pre-class assignments prime students to learn more in class sessions:
The annotated bibliography is a university-wide assignment completed by all first-year students, typically in the first semester:
Becoming information literate is a developmental process. A first-year student that arrives at WNE is expected to have very limited exposure to the critical IL skills and concepts necessary to be successful. The Instruction department at D'Amour has provided a rubric that charts the development of most (but not all) the key areas where students should develop.