Creating Flexible Online Learning Modules to Support Information Literacy Instruction

Project Team

  • Sajni Lacey, Learning & Curriculum Support Librarian, UBC Okanagan Library (Lead Applicant)
  • Alex Kuskowski, Learning Services Librarian, Library UBC Vancouver
  • Kim Buschert, Liaison and Outreach Librarian, Faculty of Management
  • Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian and Flexible Learning Coordinato, Library, UBC Vancouver
  • Mike Chiasson, Professor and Director, Faculty of Management
  • Jordan Stouck, Associate Professor of Teaching and First Year English Coordinator, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Karen Ragoonaden, Professor of Teaching and Director of Centre for Mindful Engagement, Okanagan School of Education
  • Jannik Eikenaar, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Sabre Cherkowski, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Okanagan School of Education
  • John Tyler Binfet, Associate Professor, Okanagan School of Education
  • Spela Grasic, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Cathi Shaw, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Brandon Konoval, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Music, UBC Vancouver
  • Jonathan Otto, Sessional Instructor, Faculty Arts Studies in Research and Writing, UBC Vancouver
  • Mania Kirby, Sessional Instructor, Faculty Arts Studies in Research and Writing, UBC Vancouver


  • Flexible Learning
  • Interdisciplinary



About the Project

This project proposes to build a suite of online modules in Canvas Commons to introduce students to academic research and critical thinking skills for information location, application, and creation, enabling students to engage with materials across disciplines and within a broader context. Module content will be developed collaboratively with faculty and students. Topics will include using the library, source types and peer review, developing a research question, searching in Summon, evaluating sources, and citing.

Proposed module content will also be based in part on a literature review, environmental scan, and current practices such as the existing tutorials created for Vantage College, the Library Basic Skills Tutorial at UBCV Library, objectives for first-year undergraduate students in the UBCO Library orientation program, and supported by the literature. This content is of particular importance for new undergraduate students, as well as first generation and international students transitioning into the university and academic culture. Upper-level or graduate students may wish to consult the modules for review. Modules will include a variety of formats (videos, external resources, activities, and assessments), and will be flexible enough to be delivered as a whole, grouped into units, or presented as single modules which can be integrated into instructor syllabi for blended or flipped classrooms. Badging will be incorporated, allowing students to demonstrate completion of modules. Faculty members in English, Engineering, and Management at UBCO are in place to provide input on content and pilot modules. Project engagement with faculty at UBCV includes Music, Arts One and Arts Studies in Research and Writing has also been established. These faculties teach in programs with high engagement with the Library and its instructional program.

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