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ENG 101: Instructor Guide

This guide provides supplementary content for you to use in the classroom to help students navigate the complex academic environment and to engage them in a larger conversation about information.

About This Guide

Purpose of the Guide

This guide will help you integrate information-seeking and research skills into your course content. It provides supplemental materials for you to use in class as you discuss rhetorical genres and the complex aspects of exploring and writing them.

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 giving perspectives about citing, plagiarism, and copyright
  • Information about the iTour and Online Orientation

There is 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.

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 consultations
  • Within this model, librarians do not provide in-class library sessions

Recommended Library Activities

1. iTour

A video walking tour of the physical space of the Library. The goal is to provide a quick and general overview of the physical layout of the library. Students complete at the beginning of the Semester - for Fall 2020, the Online Orientation can provide an alternative.

2. Utilize the supplemental content (on this guide)

This guide provides several videos you can show in class to help students learn and develop their information seeking skills.

3. Use additional activities

If you are a returning instructor, you may have one or two library-related activities you’ve developed on your own. You may find these activities work well in conjunction with the supplementary materials on this guide.