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Instructor's Companion to Research Now! — Explore Information

Strategies for Implementing the UConn Library's Online Modules


A sign that reads information in gothic script. The sign seems to be the top half of a box with a peaked triangular top.

Explore Information is centered on introducing students to the different types of information they may encounter in an academic environment.

"Critical questions can be asked about content and how and why it was produced." (34, Townsend, et al "Identifying Threshold Concepts")


What you'll find here:

Additional Readings: Identifying Threshold Concepts for Information Literacy

Exercises: Process Cards

Process Cards

Instructions for use:

These pages are designed to be printed out and cut down to create decks of cards. Each deck should include one formative process, along with six different types of information. Decks are then distributed to small groups of students with instructions to discuss and arrange the six types of information by whatever the process card says. So, for example, “rank these cards by which format involves the least amount of research up to the one which involves the most.”

Afterwards, each group should state their ranking to the full class and explain why they decided to order things the way that they did. Hopefully doing so will spark a discussion of how different processes contribute to the “value” of information in different contexts, and how there is no one “correct” order.

Identifying Threshold Concepts for Information Literacy