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Rhetoric Across the Curriculum Faculty Workshop:

"Thinking with Sources in the Disciplines"

Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:30-2 p.m. in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Students in all disciplines need to learn research skills, but these vary across the disciplines. How can we nurture research and critical thinking skills most effectively across the whole curriculum? Rhetoric Across the Curriculum (RAC) and Hekman librarians invite faculty to attend one or both sessions of a teaching and learning workshop:

Morning workshop (9:30-noon):

Sara Miller, Michigan State University Libraries:
“Information Literacy in the Disciplines”

Where do your students get stuck when working on research writing? What gaps in understanding or practice do you encounter when students interact with academic sources? Information literacy is essential for research within and across disciplines. The recently published Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education provides a context for examining our ideas about student experience with research writing and information sources.

Sara Miller will present a brief history of Information Literacy, lead a series of reflective questions, and facilitate discussion for diving deep into the information literacy practices that we employ as disciplinary experts, aiming to identify ways to make those practices more explicit and attainable for students.

Lunch break (noon-12:30):
Free lunch provided for the first 15 pre-registered participants.

Afternoon workshop (12:30-2 p.m.):

Kate van Liere, Department of History, RAC co-chair:
“Too Much Information? Writing with Integrity in an Age of Unlimited Sources”

The proliferation of electronic “information” offers huge benefits to researchers and students. But does it also pose a challenge to critical thinking? Many teachers suspect a link between the information revolution, a decline in critical thinking, and a rise in plagiarism. Experts in writing pedagogy caution against “plagiarism panic,” but they also urge us to give more careful attention to how our students are finding, evaluating, understanding, and using sources. How can we craft assignments to help students get beyond the abstract concept of “information” to appreciating how to read, interpret, and write about sources critically and effectively?

Kate van Liere will share strategies and research assignments from her own and others’ teaching experience and invite participants to share their own stories, teaching assignments, and questions.


Both sessions are open to all Calvin faculty members. You may attend one or both sessions.
If you are attending both, e-mail Sarah Kolk ( by May 13 to register for lunch.
(No registration required otherwise.)

Co-sponsored by RAC, Hekman Library, and the Calvin Teaching and Learning Network (CTLN)