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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.

Curriculum Support

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 brescia.curriculum@uwo.ca

Resources

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 Competencies.

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.

Information Literacy

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.

Session Types

Single, In-Class Session
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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).

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Multiple, In-Class Sessions
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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 settings.

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Embedded Librarian
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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
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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.