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Teaching & Learning

Overview of services provided by the Teaching & Learning department with recommended resources and more.


Teaching & Learning is in the process of developing online learning materials to accompany each Engagement. More information will be forthcoming.

Engagements courses can present a great opportunity to introduce first-year students to what an academic library is and how the UVA Library can support them throughout their academic careers. Library instruction can also support assignments in the Engagements courses, particularly assignments that involve any kind of research.

Asynchronous Learning Resources

We understand that it might be difficult to fit an in-person or synchronous library session into Engagements courses due to the limited time in these courses. We have a number of asynchronous online resources that can introduce students to library resources; some of the most relevant are listed below. You can see more asynchronous learning resources at this link

As noted above, we are developing online modules tailored to each Engagement. Until those are complete, these resources can support your learning outcomes. Many of these resources are customizable, so please let us know if you don't see something exactly right for your class. We can also create modules with multiple resources and assessment(s) in Collab. 

In-Person or Synchronous Instruction

In-person or synchronous online sessions with T&L librarians are customized for your class and incorporate active learning and critical thinking techniques. We will work with you to develop learning outcomes for the session, and we will fit the session within your course schedule and time constraints.

Here are just a few examples of activities we might use in instruction sessions with Engagements classes:

  • Four Databases, for exploring different databases the UVA Library offers
  • Source Deck, for differentiating between types of sources
  • Use scenarios to discuss research ethics
  • Library website scavenger hunt
  • Evaluating sources group activity
  • Finding a book in the stacks
  • Finding sources for student research projects