Access, Power, & Privilege
This activity is designed to support teaching at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. The choose-your-own scenario activity, designed in LibWizard, can be used in a flipped classroom setting or in a traditional classroom. The choose-your-own scenario activity is inspired by and adapts questions from: Hare, S. & Evanson, C. (2018). Information privilege outreach for undergraduate students. College and Research Libraries. From 2018-2020 this took the place of an interactive survey with skip logic. In 2020, this was substanitally revised to use LibWizard, incorporate short videos, and still provide scenario-based learning.
Students will be able to:
- Describe barriers to accessing published research
- Articulate benefits to alternative publishing models like open access
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
The activity is marketed during Open Access Week and incorporated into information literacy sessions by librarians.
Some suggestions for integrating and scaffolding the content:
Follow up with a traditional library workshop on finding scholarly information and having students take note of whether or not it is freely available by analyzing the journal and using plug-ins like Unpaywall
- For students about to be publishing their own work through Research Day Posters, a collaborative project with faculty, a student journal, etc. consider providing information on publishing and licensing your own content. Sarah Crissinger Hare at Indiana University has shared some worksheets designed for different disciplines that are freely licensed to adapt at: https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/why-you-won%E2%80%99t-have-jstor-when-you-graduate-and-what-you-can-do-about-it
- Use a problem-based learning exercise where students have to access information with different levels of access. An example for health sciences can be found and adapted from at: https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/open-access-challenge