Digital Library Services

Schedule Library Instruction

During Spring 2020

Zoom and Customized Canvas Modules/Activities

Contact Jennifer Lantrip, Research & Instruction Librarian to schedule: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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 intersted.

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).

When Campus is Open

Schedule a library research presentation for your class. 

Class presentations focus on teaching your students to find, evaluate, and use resources to help them with assignments for your classes, while helping them realize they have allies in the library to turn to when questions arise. 

Customized for Your Class

Each session will be tailored to your specific class and assignments and focus on resources that would be the most useful for your students.

You can choose between short, medium, and long sessions or you can schedule multiple sessions where students build upon their skills learned in previous sessions:

Find - Short, 10-15 min 

  • Show your students where to find resources for your class.

Find + Evaluate/Use - Medium, 25 - 30 min

  • Show your students where to find resources for your class.
  • Discuss evaluating and using resources as part of the research process.

Find + Evaluate/Use + Activity - Long, 35 - 50 min 

  • Show your students where to find resources for your class.
  • Discuss evaluating and using resources as part of the research process.
  • Students practice what they’re learning in an in-class activity. 

Multiple class sessions - Build on skills learned in previous sessions.

Library Research Tutorial

Link to the the Library Research Tutorial from your Canvas course. This tutorial has videos and text to help your students with the basics of library and Web research. 

Ready to schedule?

Jennifer Lantrip, Reference Librarian - Contact
Phone: 541-440-7681

Email, call, or stop by the Library 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday during the Fall, Winter, or Spring terms.

Please schedule at least one week in advance.