Example Activities

Try some of these activities in your class. You can find more ideas in the Information Literacy Toolkit.

  • Case study: Assign students a case study to problem solve on their own or in groups. Use the debrief from the case to discuss the research process and core concepts rather than introducing them before the activity.
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to evaluate websites for authority.
    • Activity: In five minutes, find two authoritative websites on adopting a vegan diet.
  • Think-pair-share: Assign students a question to think about or an activity to do solo and then have them discuss their answer or results with a partner for feedback:
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to develop a keyword strategy for their┬átopic.
    • Activity: Ask students to brainstorm keywords for their research topic and then have them share their lists with their partner in the hopes of generating additional keywords through discussion.
  • Concept map: Have students work individually or in groups to document ideas related to their research topic visually by drawing a concept map. This can be done on paper or using an online tool like bubbl.us.
    • Learning Outcome: Students will be able to identify the narrower aspects of their
    • Activity: The Penn State University Libraries provide a guide to constructing a concept map for a research topic.

Ready to Try It?

The next time you plan a session, pick a skill or concept that you would like your students to learn and build an activity around it. Pay attention to how it well it works, ask for feedback, modify it as needed and try it again in another session. Keep doing this until you feel you have a successful activity.