Access, Power, & Privilege

Submitted by Carolyn Caffrey on April 18th, 2018
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Short Description: 

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. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be able to:

    • Describe barriers to accessing published research¬†
    • Articulate benefits to alternative publishing models like open access
Individual or Group: 
Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

The activity is marketed during Open Access Week and incorporated into information literacy sessions by librarians.

Additional Instructor Resources (e.g. in-class activities, worksheets, scaffolding applications, supplemental modules, further readings, etc.): 

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

Suggested Citation: 
Caffrey, Carolyn . "Access, Power, & Privilege." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018.