Information Literacy – Core

About This Product:

Take a quick look at the overview video for Information Literacy – Core:

Broaden your library’s instructional reach with standards-aligned multimedia content that can be used in courses, one-shot sessions, and at the point of need. Information Literacy – Core (also known as InfoLit – Core) uses innovative technology and proven pedagogy to build essential information literacy and critical-thinking skills that will help students thrive in their academic careers and beyond. Furthermore, the Credo Insights analytics tool allows you to measure student outcomes and demonstrate the value of foundational skills instruction at your institution. 

Highlights: 

  • Teach students essential foundational skills that are shown to impact retention, GPA levels, graduation rates, and overall student success.
  • Engage users with high-quality videos and tutorials on topics of profound importance to their current studies and lifelong goals. 
  • Simplify collaboration with faculty by providing in-demand instructional content that is easy to embed in learning management systems and LibGuides. 
  • Save time and resources compared to creating materials from scratch. 
  • Devote more time to hands-on instruction by using multimedia to “flip the class.”
  • Assess student progress and adjust your instruction strategy based on real evidence.
  • Maintain accreditation requirements around information literacy and critical thinking standards.

Features: 

  • Multimedia content: 100+ customizable e-learning objects support librarians’ teaching of information literacy and critical-thinking skills.
  • Flexibility: InfoLit – Core lets users mix and match tutorials, videos, and quizzes to address the demands of different courses and specific students.
  • Customization: Tailor InfoLit – Core to your institution’s specific needs with on-demand customization of tutorials, quizzes, and student platform. 
  • Information Literacy Standards: InfoLit – Core materials align with multiple standards, including the ACRL standards, SCONUL 7 pillars, ANZIIL standards, and the AAC&U Information Literacy VALUE Rubric.
  • Credo Insights: With InfoLit – Core, users can measure student progress with robust analytics for assessment and usage reporting.
    • Drill down into the data on specific quizzes, questions, and answer choices.
    • See specific students’ and classes’ performance on particular assessments and over time.
    • Generate usage reports for the number of students using the platform as well as the frequency of their usage.
    • Filter and compare reports by month and by course.
    • Combine any number of filters for the exact report you need using Insights’ business analytics engine and dynamically generated reports.
    • Illustrate the value of foundational skills instruction to other stakeholders at your institution.
  • Faculty Engagement Module: Faculty-focused content is included in InfoLit – Core, alongside ready-made teaching guides with activity ideas, discussion topics, and standards mapping.
    • Tutorials and videos cover faculty-centered topics such as “Why Information Literacy Matters.”
    • Resources provide best practices and processes for designing effective research assignments.
    • Additional materials (including fliers and PDFs) help librarians market InfoLit – Core internally to their faculty.
    • Teaching Guides accompany each module and include suggestions on how to align assets to course syllabi.
    • Technical “how-to’s” explain the process for embedding assets in course pages and LibGuides.
    • Templates help faculty integrate assets with research assignments and curriculum mapping.
  • Administrator dashboard: InfoLit – Core lets users conveniently manage assessment downloads and tutorial/quiz customizations.
  • Integration options: The Credo Courseware platform offers a wide range of integration options, including LibGuides and learning management systems (D2L, Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, etc). Each item may be added as a digital object, and assessments may be integrated into instructors’ gradebooks. 
  • Instructor access to Credo Insights via LTI: Instructors may access Credo Insights to see student assessment data for themselves, in addition to seeing the grades in their LMS gradebook.
  • FERPA compliance: To ensure students’ privacy, the Credo Courseware platform is fully FERPA-compliant. 
  • ADA compliance: InfoLit – Core is fully ADA-compliant, enabling accessibility for all learners. 

“[InfoLit – Core] presents a series of tutorials that more closely match how librarians teach and address [traditional information literacy topics] in a way that supports the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.”
Council of Chief Librarians Electronic Access & Resources Committee Review

Dordt University: Saw a 24% improvement in students’ research skills after incorporating InfoLit – Core into their instruction strategy. 

Bethune Cookman University: Used InfoLit – Core to collaborate with faculty and scale up library instruction without overburdening the library’s limited space and staffing. 

Texas A&M University–San Antonio: Uses InfoLit – Core to help students overcome library anxiety while learning the importance of incorporating library resources in their research.

Winning High Usage of Credo Information Literacy – Core Even During Your Trial: When instruction librarian Brandy Burbante needed a resource to help students learn information literacy skills, she turned to Information Literacy – Core and its robust collection of ACRL-aligned videos, tutorials, and quizzes. During her trial period, she experimented with the platform to test the full range of options available to enrich classroom workshops, one-shots, and point-of-need instruction.

Getting Faculty Buy-In on Library-Based Information Literacy Instruction: Cultivating strong information literacy skills within students takes a well-built partnership between the library and faculty members. However, convincing instructors of the value the library can bring to their classrooms can be a challenge. This case study describes how Case Western Reserve University turned to Credo to help tackle information literacy on campus and bolster dialogue with faculty members.

Information Literacy – Core Has Students Talking at Cairn University: When Cairn University’s librarians began preparations for Middle States Accreditation, they realized that many of their information literacy tutorials had fallen out of date. Building new materials from scratch was a daunting proposal, while creating and editing instructional videos required time and resources they did not have. They decided they would need a standards-based solution that was engaging for students and could be implemented across campus to achieve their ultimate vision of a research skills course for credit. Read about how Information Literacy – Core became their first step toward that goal.

IL Strategy Handbook: A step-by-step approach to creating or improving an IL program, with current research, examples, and activities.

InfoLit Learning Community: Access articles, webinars, and tools to support instruction around information literacy, media literacy, critical thinking, and research skills. 

Take a look at two of the original videos from Information Literacy – Core:

Refining Search Results: We often hear from librarians that students find it difficult to choose which sources are best for their research. This video describes what to look for when sifting among the various sources found online and in the library.

News Evaluation Strategies: Students are understandably skeptical when it comes to using news sources. How can they figure out which sources include misinformation? In the following video, Credo describes how to spot manipulation and unreliable information, which is important at any time but especially as students encounter news about the coronavirus.

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