thing 3: Environmental Scan

Jacobson & Gibson get us started thinking about how to implement the Framework at our own institution. Similarly, this “thing” focuses on the big picture planning for integrating the Framework into your institution’s information literacy instruction curriculum. Subsequent “@ your institution things” will dive deeper into the essential steps like curriculum mapping, outreach & marketing, linking to institutions goals/accreditation, & collaborating with campus partners.

Reading

Jacobson, T. E., & Gibson, C. (2015). First thoughts on implementing the framework for information literacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 9(2), 102.

Activity

Before embarking on creating or revising an information literacy program/course to respond to changes in best practices informed by the new Framework, it is important do an environmental scan of your institution. Reviewing institutional goals, identifying partners, and collecting information will better enable you to “frame” information literacy at your institution.

With that in mind, as an individual or with your instruction team:

1.   Identify stakeholders & partners. Here are some examples to guide your search:

  • Departments & Offices: Office of research & assessment, English department, Writing Center
  • Committees: Curriculum Committees, Writing Intensive Program
    Individuals: library advocates (faculty, deans, etc), department chairs
  • Forums: Teaching Learning Institute, Center for Teaching and Learning

2.   Review institutional goals & strategies. Here are some questions to ponder as you’re reviewing:

  • Where does IL fit into the strategic plan and mission?
  • What frames/knowledge practices/dispositions connect with your institution’s learning goals?
  • Does your institution have any assessment processes you could tap into?
  • What accrediting bodies oversee programs/institution? What benchmarks & data do they require?

Share what you learned from completing an environmental scan in the comments section below. Here are some optional questions to guide your response:

  • What potential stakeholders & partners did you identify? Do you already have strong relationships that you can build upon? If so, how?
  • What frames/knowledge practices/dispositions connect with your institution’s learning goals?
  • Where do you see the best starting point for engaging your community & integrating the Framework into your teaching practice?

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