If you have been looking for professionally created interactive information literacy materials to supplement your classroom instruction or online teaching, look no further. The John Jay College library now offers CREDO Instruct, a multi-media database of over 60 tutorials, videos and quizzes that help students develop the information literacy skills critical to academic success. The database provides tools that support students through the entire research process from how to get started to how to properly use quotations and citation formats.
The materials are divided into the six modules set forth in the table below. Each module offers a combination of concise and targeted learning and assessment tools that you can scaffold throughout the semester or use when needed as a remedial tool. Simply choose which skills you want your students to develop and share the URLs for the specific tutorials, videos or quizzes.
For example, as they are getting started, provide your students with the link to the tutorials on the research process and how to turn a topic into a research problem. If your students are relying too much on the open web, provide them with a link to the tutorial on how to move away from open web resources like Wikipedia and start using the academic sources available through library databases. As they begin writing, direct them to the tutorials on creating an outline and synthesizing sources. Then, as they work on finalizing their paper, assign the tutorials on paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing and how to correctly cite sources. Please keep in mind that if students take any of the online quizzes, they can include you as an email recipient of their test results for assessment purposes.