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Information Literacy Instruction

Assigning Course Guides or Info Lit Video Series

The ENGL 111 and 112 Course Guides or Video Series can be assigned to students prior to an in-person information literacy instruction session, in lieu of in-person instruction when necessary, or after an in-person session as a refresher. 

In lieu of in-person instruction

To assign the course guides or video series instead of bringing your class to the library for in-person information literacy instruction, please add the content to your Canvas course using the steps under LibApps Library Content using Text Editor or LibApps Library Content as External Tool in a Module (or contact Megan Dempsey for assistance adding the content to your Canvas course). Adding the content in this way enables us to keep statistics on the number of courses that incorporate the learning materials for assessment purposes. 

LibApps Library Content Using Text Editor

By using the text editor to incorporate LibApps Library Content, you can combine content from the Library website with anything else you would normally input in the text editor: text, images, other external tools, videos, etc.

This method can be used on Canvas Pages and Canvas Assignments.

  1. Open the Page or Assignment that will include the Library Content in edit mode.
  2. In the text editor box, place your cursor where you want the Library Content to appear.
  3. Go to Tools > Apps > View all
  4. Select LibApps Library Content from the list of app options.
  5. In the configuration box that opens, under "LibGuides Site," select "Evelyn S. Field Library - library.raritanval.edu"
  6. Under "Content Type," select Full LibGuide.
  7. Under "Guide," select the guide you want to include
    • English Composition I - ENGL 111 by Megan Dempsey (full course guide for EC1)
    • English Composition I Video Series - ENGL 111 by Megan Dempsey (EC1 videos)
    • English Composition II - ENGL 112 by Megan Dempsey (full course guide for EC2)
    • English Composition II Video Series - ENGL 112 by Megan Dempsey (EC2 videos)
  8. Do not select anything under "Guide Page."
  9. Click Embed Content and the content you selected will appear in the text editor. When you save the page, the Library website content will flow with any other text or content you have added in the text editor. Depending on the length of the content you included, a vertical scroll bar may appear which allows you to scroll through the Library content without scrolling the Canvas page. **Note - if you end up with several scroll bars throughout the page, you may prefer to add the content as an External Tool in the Module
LibApps Library Content as External Tool in a Module

 The Library content will be added as its own element in the list of Module elements.

  1. From the Module in which the Library content should appear, click the plus sign icon to add a new element. Picture of a plus symbol which you will see in the module.  Click it to add a new element.
  2. Next to "Add," select "External Tool"
  3. Select LibApps Library Content from the list. The options screen will appear.
  4. Under "LibGuides Site," select "Evelyn S. Field Library - library.raritanval.edu"
  5. Under "Content Type." select the content you want to include. (See the list of Terms if you are unsure of content types.)
  6. Under "Content Type," select Full LibGuide.
  7. Under "Guide," select the guide you want to include
    • English Composition I - ENGL 111 by Megan Dempsey (full course guide for EC1)
    • English Composition I Video Series - ENGL 111 by Megan Dempsey (EC1 videos)
    • English Composition II - ENGL 112 by Megan Dempsey (full course guide for EC2)
    • English Composition II Video Series - ENGL 112 by Megan Dempsey (EC2 videos)
  8. Do not select anything under "Guide Page."
  9. The name of the content as it appears on the Library website will appear as a Module element. To change the name of the element, click the options icon (three vertical dots) on the element, then click Edit. Now you can change the name as it appears in Canvas and indent the element as needed. Do not change the URL. 
  10. Be sure to Publish the element or the entire Module so it will be visible to students. 

Information Literacy Assessments

Online Assessments for EC1 and EC2 

Both the EC1 and EC2 course guides have accompanying online assessments linked from the first page of the course guide. The assessment opens in a new tab/window. Students will select your name under the Instructor option on the assessment so that you receive a copy of their assessment results. Please ensure that your name is listed as an Instructor option before asking students to complete this assessment. As students work through the course guide, they are prompted to answer questions on the assessment with callouts as shown here:

STOP and answer questions 3 - 5 on the assessment.

Canvas Quiz 

You can import a Canvas quiz from Canvas Commons for both EC1 and EC2 information literacy. The questions are the same as those on the online assessment and most closely align with the content in the course guide and our in-person instruction sessions. See the section on this page, "Importing Library Content from Canvas Commons," for more details. If you choose to use it as a graded quiz, you can edit the point value and students' grades will populate directly in your Canvas gradebook.

Importing Library Content from Canvas Commons

Use Canvas Commons to find and import content created by the RVCC Librarians. Available content includes quizzes for our Information Literacy I and II learning outcomes (to accompany the English Composition I and II course guides). 

  1. Log in to Canvas and go to Canvas Commons from the Canvas navigation menu.
  2. From within Canvas Commons, click the Filter button.
  3. Under "Shared with," select Raritan Valley Community College.
  4. Using the search box, search for "library" or "information literacy."
  5. Find the content you would like to include and click the title to see more details. 
  6. Click the Import/Download button and select the course in which you would like to import the content. Click Import into course and follow any additional prompts to complete the import process.
  7. When the import process is complete, the content will appear in your Canvas course under the corresponding content area. For example, if you import a Quiz, you will find it by going to the Quizzes section in your Canvas course. The content can be added to a module in the same manner you would add content you created within the course itself. 

Quiz and assignment settings can be modified to suit your course once the content has been imported. For example, information literacy quizzes will import as graded quizzes with a 100 point grading scale. You can navigate to the quiz in your course, click Edit, and modify the points, type of quiz, and any additional settings.

Important! You should add any quizzes or assignments that you import to the appropriate Assignment Group for your course so that it is weighted appropriately according to your course's grading system.