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LIS7620, Literacy and Community Engagement in Fall 2013

1 April 2013

Updates (8/9/2013)

I’ll be teaching a new course, LIS 7620, Literacy and Community Engagement in Fall 2013 (which is known as Literacy and Library Involvement). Currently I am collecting resources to revise this course and am hoping to create a revision by the middle of August.  A draft of my course description is as follows:

LIS7620, Literacy and Community Engagement [revised]

This service-learning course is designed to enhance student’s learning experience and their sense of civic responsibility, not only through readings and discussions, but also by engaging service activities for a local community or library.  This course focuses on current literacy issues (e.g., financial literacy, digital literacy, new literacies, etc.) and provides students with educational opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills obtained from class to a local-community through direct service or project-based community engagement. It intends to benefit the community through the service provided, but it also intends to offer learning consequences for the students by participating in providing services. Students are expected to engage equally with learning and service, and reflect on their intersections.

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 25-30 hours of direct service or project-based community engagement at an agency or library. Students will closely work with people in a local community to deliver tangible outcomes of the project by the end of the course.

I’ll keep the spirit of the course (service-learning). At the same time, I’ll revise the contents, taking into account current  and emerging literacy issues for various populations (especially underserved populations).

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