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COM 110: Instructor Guide

This guide, intended for COM 110 instructors, contains supplementary content and a description of the information fluency activities.


Purpose of the Guide

This guide will help you integrate information-seeking and research skills into your course content.

Specifically, it includes:

  • An overview of the Train-the-Trainer model
  • Videos to initiate discussion about various aspects of the web
  • Short videos about how to search Milner resources
  • Recommended databases for finding specific types of information
  • Videos or infographics giving perspectives about citing, plagiarism, and copyright
  • Information about the iTour

There is a student guide that addresses many of the common questions students have about how to find information, citing sources, etc. You can link to this guide within your ReggieNet course site.

What is the Train-the-Trainer Model?

The train-the-trainer model is an effort to give students a cohesive learning experience regarding how they interact with information and incorporate it into their speeches. By integrating activities throughout the semester, students learn and develop information seeking skills iteratively.

Common Goals: 

  • Give students integrative learning experiences about researching
  • Encourage students to interact with and incorporate varied information sources
  • Develop information seeking skills iteratively and in alignment with their specific projects
  • Help students become comfortable with the library and minimize overwhelm and anxiety

Milner Librarians' Role

The library activities are facilitated by each COM 110 instructor rather than a librarian. Milner librarians, within this structure, will:

  • Serve as a resource to discuss the activities, recommend supplementary resources, and identify various avenues of help for your students
  • Provide research assistance to your students, as needed, via office hours and appointment-based consultations
  • Within this model, librarians do not provide in-class library sessions