This toolkit contains information and resources for academics interested in embedding information literacy more explicitly in the curriculum of their subjects and courses. Because students arrive at university from diverse backgrounds, not everyone has had an equal opportunity to prepare for university study.
To increase readiness for using scholarly information and to help students tackle their studies successfully, they will need early opportunities to recognise what they need to know, develop and build information literacy skills in the context of their disciplinary studies. This website offers a model for embedding information literacy, and provides some ideas and resources on how you might do this.
why |Information Literacy and the Curriculum
A deep learning approach to information literacy can be encouraged if students have an opportunity to recognise what they know and need to know; build basic generic skills; and apply practice of skills in their discipline context. The three levels of this model for embedding information literacy are listed below with links to resources at each level:
- Formative self-assessment of existing skills and knowledge - Inquiry/Research Quiz
- Consolidation and development of foundation skills - LibSkills modules
- Feedback, practise and assessment in the disciplinary/subject context - Feedback
1. Inquiry/Research Quiz (IRQ)
The IRQ (Inquiry Research Quiz) is an online quiz designed to increase student awareness of the essential information literacy skills needed for starting research at university. It is a formative self-assessment quiz where student responses to the questions prompt video responses.
It is recommended for commencing students and each of the 10 questions assesses an intended learning outcome (ILO) from across all six standards at the foundation level of the Information Literacy Framework. As a result of the video feedback provided for each question students start to recognise what they know and need to know.
LibSkills is a set of 11 online modules that provides students with the scaffolding to deepen their understanding of essential skills related to inquiry/research. LibSkills modules build on quiz topics.
3. Practise within discipline
The IRQ and LibSkills are a springboard to discipline-based learning activities. If the IRQ and the modules are followed by discipline-based research tasks students can put into practice the functioning knowledge from the modules and underpinning declarative knowledge from the quiz.
The advantage of this model of building information literacy skills for inquiry/research is that approaches to implementation can be varied according to overall subject design.
why |Supporting Policy
To support the implementation of information literacy, La Trobe has drawn on the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework to guide its own university policies and procedures. The La Trobe procedures also contain helpful guidance in the form of an Information Literacy Framework for staff keen on making use of intended learning outcomes for information literacy within their courses and subjects.
- Information Literacy Policy (PDF 48.0 KB)
- Information Literacy Procedure (PDF 136.9 KB)
- Information Literacy Framework (Appendix 1) (PDF 136.9 KB)