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About the Teaching & Learning Unit

Teaching Philosophy Statement

Our unit philosophy incorporates the following beliefs about learning and how those beliefs are implemented, including our role as facilitators of analytical thinking, integrative reasoning, effective communication, recursivity in research and guided inquiry.

Our beliefs about learning

  • Learning must always be student-centered and contextual, demonstrating relevance to identified student needs
  • Guided inquiry is integral to engaging students in the process of making and negotiating meaning
  • Coordination of learning outcomes, pedagogy, and assessment of student needs ensures the highest quality of information literacy teaching and learning Information literacy is an essential component of analytical thinking, integrated reasoning, and effective communication.

How our beliefs are implemented

  • We seek to facilitate inquiry by creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with information, drawing out questions about its nature, creation and functions
  • We seek to create learning environments based on the cycle of inquiry —response, seeking out new information, and creating new knowledge —fostering skills for iterative and recursive approaches to research
  • We seek to facilitate students’ discovery of information, stimulate inquiry, and provide support for integration and use of information toward the goal of effective communication
  • Leading out in support of institutional excellence, we work toward interdisciplinary efforts in highlighting information literacy’s role in undergraduate education

Unit Goals and Objectives

Goal Mapping

See how the Teaching & Learning Unit objectives map to campus and national learning objectives (pdf) for undergraduates and information literacy.

Instruction Data

Example instruction data

View interactive instruction data