Resources for English Composition Instructors
Librarians can provide information literacy instruction to help you and your students achieve the information literacy goals of the English Composition program. The following tips and resources are provided to enhance the collaboration between UNCW instructors teaching English Composition courses and Instructional Services Librarians at Randall Library. Any questions or suggestions can be sent to the Associate Director of Research and Instructional Services.
Randall Library offers a series of asynchronous Canvas modules that you can use in your course. You will be able to preview the modules before importing it into your course and will also be able to modify/customize (even remove) them after importing (help importing).
For synchronous (whether online or in-person) sections: schedule an information literacy session OR utilize the asynchronous Canvas module (below).
- When scheduling, here are some best practices to consider to make the session successful:
- Complete the scheduling form as early in the semester (or before!) as possible to help ensure that your first choice date is accommodated. We will begin scheduling classes in August.
- Request that the session be held close to the time that students will be working on their research project (essay, paper, etc.). If the information is not immediately relevant, students may not pay close attention. Think of the last time you flew ... did you pay close attention to those safety directions?
- Be sure that students fully understand the assignment prior to the instruction session.
- Be sure that students have selected at least a broad topic prior to the instruction session.
- Explain to the students why they are having the instruction session.
- You may hear your students tell you that they have "already been to the library for a session." Librarians hear that a lot, too! It might be helpful to explain to students that each session is different and that every session builds upon the one before, much in the same way that ENG 101 students will also take ENG 201. Students cannot possibly learn all information literacy skills in one session. The content designed for First Year Seminar was designed differently from the content for ENG 101, as was the content for ENG 103/201. More information about the information literacy program at Randall Library.
For asynchronous online course sections: import the ENG 103/201 module from the Canvas Commons.
- If the link does not work, search for "ENG 103/201 modules - Randall Library."
- This is a module that you can utilize in your online ENG 103/201 course. You will be able to preview the module before importing it into your course and will also be able to modify/customize it after importing (help importing).
- This is an optional module about using images and other media found on the open web. You may want to consider including it if your course involves a media component (to give your students a refresher). Note that this module's content is included in the library content for ENG 101.
- This is an optional module that provides training on MLA 8th edition, a practice exam, and a graded exam.
Information Literacy Resources
The following websites offer additional guidance on creating assignments and/or information literacy:
Interim Associate Director, Research and Instructional Services
crowes [at] uncw.edu
Page short link: lib.uncw.edu/engcomp