Inquiry and Analysis
Inquiry & Analysis is one of Brescia’s seven Competencies. It is the ability to ask
questions, examine issues and reach informed conclusions by breaking down complex
issues, exploring evidence and describing relationships among persons, things or events.
The Beryl Ivey Library team is available to offer assistance and resources for exploring
issues, posing questions and seeking information with our students. The Information
Literacy Program allows us to work collaboratively with you, through customized in-class
sessions or cooperative faculty/librarian design. Together, we can ensure students
understand the value of breaking down complex issues, critically evaluating evidence
and making connections in order to engage in scholarly conversations.
The Advanced Learning and Teaching (ALT) Centre and the Beryl Ivey Library work together
to enhance Brescia’s educational mission, though offering a wide range of curriculum
support to Brescia’s faculty. We take a faculty-driven, evidence-based approach to
women’s learning that is student-centred and outcomes-based - emphasizing active learning.
We assist faculty with:
- Developing and refining course-level learning outcomes
- Developing and selecting teaching strategies
- Assessing for learning
- Curriculum alignment and mapping
- Integrating the Brescia Competencies into course design
- Syllabus design
- Online and blended learning
- Universal Design for learning
- Incorporating high-impact teaching practices into course design
To book a Curriculum Support consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The collection at the Beryl Ivey Library includes resources on topics such as learning
theory, course and lesson design, active learning strategies, writing and aligning
learning outcomes, assessment, professional development and supporting the Brescia
Brescia’s Faculty are also invited to explore the ALT Centre’s Teaching Resource Lab.
The Lab space is designed as a teaching and learning “sandbox”, where faculty can
explore new techniques and strategies for teaching in both bricks-and-mortar and online
classrooms. Resources include:
- Computer hardware and software for recording/participating in online tutorials and
lectures, as well as Microsoft Office Suite and Articulate Storyline for creating
digital documents and interactive learning modules
- Class sets of materials that support active learning strategies, such as whiteboards.
Class materials are kept at the Library Service Desk and can be booked using our online form.
The Information Literacy Program (IL) is a component of one of Brescia’s seven Competencies:
Inquiry and Analysis. IL is a set of practices that enable students to actively participate
in the academic community, act as an authority on a topic and engage in lifelong learning.
To be information literate, students are able to:
- Understand the scope of their informational needs
- Evaluate their ability to identify and locate appropriate resources
- Ethically use information
- Critically evaluate and analyze information
The Beryl Ivey Library collaborates with Brescia faculty to design unique sessions
tailored to specific needs for their students. Faculty are able to book sessions in
many modules, including Research, Access, Search, Evaluate and Ethical Use. For more
information on these modules, contact Caroline Whippey, Director of Library Services.
Single, In-Class Session
We work with you, the course instructor, to develop a session customized to your discipline,
course content, assignment requirements and student needs. Sessions can be anywhere
from one to three hours, but we recommend only one outcome per one hour sessions (e.g.
finding journals; APA citation style).
Book a session
Multiple, In-Class Sessions
Information Literacy is a complex, multi-faceted skill-set; follow-up visits from
the Library are beneficial to ensure that students are able to apply skills in future
Book a session
Professors have an option to list a library staff member as a “secondary instructor”
or as a resource on their OWL pages and/or syllabi. This option gives students a contact
person for research assistance. Contact Caroline Whippey, for more information on this option.
Splitting Large Classes
If you would like your students to benefit from hands-on practice, we are able to
divide large classes into multiple sections. Contact Caroline Whippey for more information. Note, this option is subject to the room booking schedule.