Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 5, No 2 (2011)

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Design to learn, learn to design: Using backward design for information literacy instruction

Bruce E. Fox, John J. Doherty


Using backward design coupled with a focus on intentional learning, a series of platform-independent podcasts were created to address the need to increase student information literacy competency. The design team used a collaborative process where all members of the team worked in an iterative fashion, from the specification of student learning outcomes to the creation of the final assessments. The project brought to light the importance of clearly specifying student learning outcomes, creating meaningful assessments, strong project management, and the composition and dynamics of the design team.

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