Online & Remote Information Literacy Instruction

For those of you who have assignments that require research, the purpose of information literacy instruction is to help your students learn how to find, select, incorporate, and cite sources from either the library or the Web for your assignments.

Below is what I've been suggesting, but I am open to new ideas and am willing to do whatever works best for your class. Please get in touch with me if you are interested.

Zoom + Assignments in Canvas

  • First, we would want to talk so that I understand what students would need for your assignments and what you would like them to get out of the information literacy instruction. Then I’ll design the lecture and assignments to match
  • We would do any combination of the Zoom sessions, quizzes, discussions, and assignments below. E.g., We could do all of them, just a Zoom session, only a discussion forum, or a Zoom session and one of the assignment options.


  • I’ll schedule a live session and post the invitation in your course. During the live session, students will be able to attend if they would like to. The benefit is that they get to ask questions if they want. The live session is recorded.
  • As soon as its ready, I’ll post the recording of the live session in your course so that students who weren’t able to attend the live session can watch it later.

Assignments in Canvas

  • There are three types of assignments which have different purposes. You could choose to have all or none of these options.
  • I only think it’s worth providing these options if you are able to assign points (usually participation points or extra credit) to these assignments – otherwise, no one will do them, so it’s not worth the time to create them.
  • Quizzes
    • The purpose is basic comprehension of what they just learned. These might be based upon the Zoom lecture or upon an existing short tutorial video. These are multiple choice and true/false. I try to make these extremely easy since the purpose is simply comprehension. These are graded automatically by Canvas.
  • Discussions
    • The purpose of these is usually for them to be able try out what they have learned and discuss how it went with other students and myself. The instructor is also welcome to join in, but it’s not necessary.
    • Usually, the instructions ask them to try something out that they just learned and report back on what they did and how it went for them or what tips they have for other people. They need to make their initial post by a certain date and then respond to two classmates by a later date.
    • These can be great because then I can respond to individual students and make suggestions.
    • The instructor would need to do the grading (you could make it simple: full points for participation).
  • Assignments
    • I would only suggest these if:
      • A.) You want to do the grading and give feedback to the students yourself.
      • B.) You enable me as a teacher in the course so that I can see their submissions and give them feedback on them via the Comments in SpeedGrader. You would still want to assign the grades (you could make it simple: full points for participation).
    • If one of those options sounds good, then the purpose of these is for students to put into practice what they just learned.
    • These assignments usually asks them to go do what they just learned and submit it via Canvas. For example, it might ask them to find an website related to their research topic, discuss why they think it’s a credible source, summarize what they learned from it, provide an in-text citation, and provide a bibliographic citation.
    • They need to submit it by a certain date.
    • I can give them feedback via them comments in SpeedGrader.
    • The instructor would need to grade it (you could make it simple: full points for participation).

Library Research Tutorial

Link to this tutorial in Canvas to help your students learn how to research for their assignments.

This tutorial includes text and video to guide students through:

  • Choosing a research topic,
  • Finding reference sources,
  • Search techniques,
  • Finding articles, books, ebooks, and other sources available at the UCC Library,
  • Searching the Web,
  • Reading and evaluating sources, and
  • APA and MLA citations.


Library Research Interactive Tutorial in Canvas

This tutorial includes text, video and short quizzes in Canvas with comprehension questions to help students learn how to:

  • Read an assignment,
  • Find reference sources for background information,
  • Choose and narrow a topic,
  • Brainstorm search terms,
  • Utilize basic search techniques,
  • Find books and articles,
  • Copy citations from databases, and
  • Read and evaluate articles.

To have your students complete this tutorial: 

  1. Provide them this link to self-enroll in the tutorial in Canvas:
  2. Contact the Reference Librarian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your students' completion analytics.

Research Guides

Create a customized online research guide for your class

  • Embed your guide in Canvas so that students can link to it.
  • Add the link to your syllabus and handouts.
  • Easy to update and customize.

Check out our current research guides.

Ready to start? Want to update your existing guide? Complete the Faculty Requests for Textbooks/Library Collection or contact the UCC Library.

Ready to schedule? Request a Canvas module/activity?

Reference Librarian 
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Phone: 541-440-7681

Please schedule at least one week in advance.

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