Teaching & Learning staff are here to support your and your students throughout the teaching and research process. We work primarily with lower-division general education and interdisciplinary courses; if you are teaching another type of course, you may want to reach out to your subject liaison librarian.
Below is some general background about our approach to teaching, best practices for incorporating library instruction into your course, ways to get in touch with us, and examples of in-person/synchronous and asynchronous library instruction. If you are teaching a COLA 1500, ENWR, or Engagements course, see the specific page for your course for more details.
Our instruction is based in the information literacy principles outlined in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We incorporate active learning and encourage critical thinking to help all students develop skills that will provide a foundation for their future coursework and life after UVA. The T&L team works with each individual instructor and course to figure out what kind of support and instruction makes sense for that course.
Best practices for including library instruction in your course:
Historically, library instruction has consisted of a librarian coming into your class and teaching it for one session. We are happy to work with your class in that way, but we are certainly not limited to it. We want to do what makes the most sense to achieve your course objectives within your schedule. Here are some examples of ways that library instruction might be incorporated into your course:
You will find examples of lesson plans on the course-specific pages of this guide.
In-person or synchronous instruction may not make sense for your class - perhaps your class meets asynchronously, or you have a compressed course schedule that does not allow much time for outside guests. T&L also creates numerous asynchronous online learning resources to help students develop information literacy skills in these contexts.
See the full list on the Resources page of this guide or on our Learning Resources page. Many of these resources are highly customizable, so please ask if you don't see anything that matches your course objectives. Here are a few examples of how you might incorporate these online learning resources into your class:
T&L staff can help you select the best resources for your class, create new resources for you as needed, and figure out how to incorporate them into your own instruction, but you are also free to use these resources on your own.