Information Literacy Assignment Redesign Microgrant

About the IL Assignment Redesign Microgrants

  1. The IL Assignment microgrants will support instructors in modifying or creating an assignment to incorporate Information Literacy using the TILT approach, implementing the assignment, and assessing its impact on students. 
  1. The microgrants are a collaborative project conducted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Gateway to Graduation Program, and the Information Literacy Gateway Community of Practice. 
  1. Preference will be given to projects for first-year experiences, Gateway general education courses, or learning communities. Instructors will apply to be part of the program. 
  1. Participants of the 2018 TILT Pilot are not eligible to apply. 
  1. Instructors will receive $500 as a stipend or professional development funds for revising and implementing one assignment and participating in the required elements of the program. The funds will be released in May 2020, contingent on instructors submitting copies of their original and revised assignments. 
  1. IL Assignment Microgrant participants are expected to:
    1. attend an in-person introduction to Information Literacy and TILT webinar/workshop on February 14, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
    2. revise or create one new assignments using the TILT approach in spring 2020,
    3. implement their revised assignments in summer or fall 2020,
    4. participate in assessment of their assignment,
    5. attend a de-brief meeting in November or December 2020 to discuss the implementation of their assignments and complete a reflective activity, and
    6. share the results of their experience at either the 2020 CEG Symposium or the 2021 E.C. Moore Symposium. Note that participants will need to submit a proposal for the E.C. Moore Symposium. 

The Information Literacy Community of Practice will conduct an assessment of the revised assignment. The project collaborators may also be interested in other student factors (retention, reactions to assignments, sense of belonging, confidence) and/or in instructors’ feedback on the process and the revised assignments and how the process transformed how instructors approach teaching the course.

Submit your completed application here. Applications received no later than December 1 at 11:59 p.m. will be given priority.  

If you have questions, please contact the IL Community of Practice chairs Mel Wininger (mrwining@iupui.edu) or Sara Lowe (mlowe@iupui.edu).

What is Information Literacy and the Information Literacy (IL) Community of Practice (CoP)?

Information Literacy is defined as a set of integrated abilities that include discovering, understanding, evaluating, and ethically using information sources. University Library has articulated Information Literacy Learning Outcomes students should achieve by the time they graduate from IUPUI in order to be information literate.

The IL CoP is a group of faculty who facilitate and engage in discussions and work on Information Literacy.

What is TILT

The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed) is an award-winning national educational development and research project that helps instructors to implement a transparent teaching framework that promotes college students’ success.

Transparent teaching and learning methods explicitly focus on how and why students are learning course content in particular ways. Transparent assignment design focuses on making the purpose, task, and criteria of an assignment clear before students begin to work on it.

Transparent teaching/learning methods benefit students who are unfamiliar with college success strategies by explicating the learning/teaching process. Greatest benefits are for underrepresented and first-generation students.

Project Rationale

The campus adoption of the Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success (Profiles), opens up exciting avenues for integration of Information Literacy concepts into the curriculum. Aspects of Information Literacy are dispersed through all of the four Profiles.