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Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Information Literacy Resources

The Rensselaer Libraries provides access to a variety of information literacy related resources.

Update for Spring 2024: The Scholarship as Conversation 2.0 tutorial is available in Percipio.

Ways to Include the Tutorial in Your Spring 2024 Course

Partner with the Libraries (minimal commitment from you)

Comes with these added benefits:

  • We offer an introductory virtual meeting to help you incorporate the tutorial into your course structure.
  • Receive updates from the library, at your request, about which of your students have accessed/completed the tutorial. 
  • Additionally, you may provide valuable feedback to the library about your experience and the relevance of the tutorial to your course.

If you want to partner with the Libraries during the Spring 2024 semester, please get in touch with Liz King. We ask that partners require their students to complete the Scholarship as Conversation tutorial, preferably for some form of course credit. Partners should communicate any relevant course-specific deadlines to Liz King to ensure timely reporting of student completion.

Non-Partner Options (no commitment from you)

If you cannot partner with the Libraries, you can still share the Scholarship as Conversation tutorial with your students. It is available in Percipio to the RPI community, and all students are eligible to earn a learner badge in HelioCampus (formerly AEFIS).

Details about the Tutorial

Student Learning Outcomes for Scholarship as Conversation Tutorial

  • Describe how scholarship is a conversation
  • Identify methods to narrow search results based on currency and relevancy
  • Identify the knowledge practices and dispositions of learners who are developing their information-literate abilities
  • Apply these concepts to real-world examples

Co-Curricular Activity Details

Additional Details (Technical, Assessment, and Badges)

  • Tutorials are designed using Adobe Captivate (2023 version) and are published as a SCORM2004 4th edition package.
  • Tutorials are hosted on Percipio (ensuring students complete the assignment using their RCS ID).
  • Assessment measures include knowledge checks, interactive activities, embedded quiz questions, and applications to real-world examples.
  • Students are awarded learner badges in HelioCampus after the semester ends, contingent upon completing all criteria.

Roadmap of Tutorials

RPI Libraries piloted a new series of online tutorials introducing information literacy concepts during the Fall 2023 semester. The Spring 2024 Scholarship as Conversation 2.0 tutorial was created using feedback from faculty and students who participated in the pilot.

Future tutorials will cover the following information literacy concepts:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration