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Centering Information Literacy (as) Skills and Civic Engagement in the Basic Communication Course: An Integrated Course Library Collaboration

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Basic Communication Annual

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This article addresses the development of (critical) information literacy as a general education demand that the basic communication course is uniquely positioned to meet. We describe a curriculum- integrated course-library partnership that we have developed as an adaptation to that demand. The partnership includes collaboratively-developed curriculum, instructional sessions, and course materials. With this partnership, we aim to engage students in and with communication practices and perspectives that highlight communication as civic participation. Although integrating such a partnership in the basic communication course is a needed first step, we suggest that in order for critical information literacy instruction and skill development to be sustainable, the integrated model needs to be collaboratively and interdisciplinarily extended across the curriculum in the course of students’ educational careers.


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