Media Landscapes: For/Against/Neutral Assignment: A Collaboration between Librarians and Instructional Technologists 

The College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Libraries and Instructional Technology designed a single‐session technology assignment as a way for faculty to introduce aspects of “information literacy” to their students. Students were divided into groups and given prerecorded video/audio content; they were then given an assigned perspective and asked to selectively edit a short piece together to advocate “for” or “against” a topic. Some groups were also assigned to remain “neutral” and were asked to present the information as balanced as possible. When reviewing the finished projects—the assigned perspectives for each group remained a secret and the students were asked to guess the intended tilt of each piece. Come to our session to learn more about this assignment and how it could help enrich conversations about information literacy in your classroom.

Sarah Gewirtz

Sarah Gewirtz is the Social Sciences Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in central Minnesota. Her professional experience includes a range of library instructions, teaching sections of the College Success Course, promoting library events as well as co-sponsoring events with other members of the campus community, and recently developing DEIJ modules for student workers in the library. Sarah received a B.A. in Psychology at Michigan State University and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina.

Ethan Wittrock

Ethan Wittrock is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in central Minnesota. His professional experience includes a range of academic video production work, designing technology integration assignments with faculty and librarians, and supporting student media organizations on campus. Ethan received a B.A. in English and B.S. in Mass Communications in 2009 from St. Cloud State University and certification for Instructional Design for eLearning in 2021 from the University of Minnesota. *NOTE: certification pending (to be completed December 2021)

February 2, 2022 – 3:00-4:00 PM
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