instructional design

The Role of Citations in Research: Full Project Here.

This module was developed for a graduate course in Instructional Design, taken in Fall 2016. The intended audience for this module are undergraduate college students. This module can be embedded into an instructor’s undergraduate course, or be used as a stand alone. This module is designed for both librarians and faculty to integrate into the teaching of information literacy skills. Below is the introductory video, one of two videos, designed for the module.

I designed this module help learners understand how academics sustain discourse through publication of research, and how citations and attribution enable the scholarly conversations to move forward through time. Specifically, the project takes the threshold concept, “Scholarship as Conversation”, from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy and make a usable praxis-based online module.  Part of the project was developing a data visualization of researcher institutions that could work with assessments geared towards the follow learning objectives: 

  • understand citations are how scholars communicate through publication;
  • identify the contribution that particular articles, books, and other scholarly pieces make to disciplinary knowledge;
  • recognize that a given scholarly work may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on the issue;
  • recognize they are often entering into an ongoing scholarly conversation and not a finished conversation;
  • cite the contributing work of others in their own information production;
  • contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level, such as local online community, guided discussion, undergraduate research paper or project, conference presentation/poster session.


Please feel free to reach out with with any ideas you may have to develop assessments around this data visualization.