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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Information Literacy at SAIC

Canvas Modules

Library Instruction via Canvas

Flaxman librarians have been working on translating concepts from in person visits into Canvas modules for the Fall 2020 semester. These modules can be imported into your course and facilitated by faculty. These modules can also include active elements such as asking students to post on discussion boards or quizzes. Below are the modules that we are able to offer:

  • Library + Special Collections Orientation: In this session we orient students to the library and special collections on campus, including an overview of what we have in our collections, the best way to access items, and what is available to them in person and remotely. Click here to see and download the Canvas Module.
  • Using the Library Virtually: In this session, librarians will focus on the variety of online resources students have access to, as well as pro tips on navigating the library search, databases, and other tools. Students will then engage in creating a "Research Poem" (activity created with Andy Roche), in which they will use these materials in an open-ended generative way.
  • Generating ideas for Your Research: Students will utilize mind mapping and their peers to generate keywords related to their research topic. They then participate in rapid research in which they develop research questions to inform their overall claims. Click here to see and download the Canvas Module
  • Digital Literacy : Evaluating resources using Lateral ReadingLateral Reading,” is a fact-checking strategy for investigating who’s behind an unfamiliar online source by opening a new browser tab to see what trusted websites say about the unknown source. After watching a video on the value and process of Lateral Reading, students will then complete an assignment/exercise in which they practice this approach. 
  • Create your own session: Bring your ideas and collaborate with a librarian for a tailor-made experience!