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Lib 160: Information Literacy

Finding, evaluating, and using scholarly information

Lib 160 Frequently Asked Questions

This Guide presents general information about Lib 160: Information Literacy. Students currently enrolled in Lib 160 should login to Blackboard for specific information relevant to their class, including instructor information, specific due dates, course feedback, exam dates and times, and so on.

I've heard lots of students fail this course. How can that be true? It seems easy to me.
I missed the opening lecture (first day of class). What do I do?
I missed the opening lecture (first day of class). My roommate told me you automatically flunk the course if you miss the first day. Is that true?
What are the Lib 160 Office hours?
How can I reach my instructor?
Where can I find Lib 160 course material?
Is there a Test-out for Lib 160?
What happens if I fail the Test-out?
When are my Quizzes due?
How many attempts do I have on each Quiz?
I missed a Quiz due date. What should I do?
What are "extenuating circumstances"?
What is the passing score for the class?
How does the Summer session of Lib 160 differ?
How does the Honors section of Lib 160 differ?
I'm a transfer student. Do I have to take this course?

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Let's start with one of the most common questions / misconceptions about the course.

I've heard lots of students fail this course. How can that be true? It seems easy to me.
Since 2011, the Pass rate for Lib 160 has been consistently high. The average pass rate in recent Fall & Spring semesters has been 96%. The vast majority of students enrolled in Library 160 pass the course successfully, doing their work well and with integrity, and learning a lot in the process. Most students find it relatively easy to stay on track with course requirements, content, and assignment due dates. The most common reason for failing the course is repeatedly choosing not to do coursework on time (or at all) yet refusing to drop the class. Persistently missing required assignment due dates is not a successful strategy in any course. Students who take responsibility for their coursework, exercise good time management, and communicate with their instructor if any difficulties arise are most likely to do well in this short course.

I missed the opening lecture (first day of class). What do I do?
Contact your instructor in Blackboard. You can also go to the Lib 160 Office, Room 140 Parks Library, as soon as possible to verify your enrollment and get assistance in proceeding with the course.

I missed the opening lecture (first day of class). My roommate told me you automatically flunk the course if you miss the first day. Is that true?
No, of course not - but it is important that you get on track immediately with the course. Contact your instructor immediately in Blackboard. There are firm deadlines for assignments, and this short half-semester course moves very quickly. It is important not to delay getting started with our coursework.

What are the Lib 160 Office hours?

Lib 160 Office: Room 140 Parks Library, First Floor
Office phone: (515) 294-4527

Fall and Spring Office Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Monday - Friday

Summer Office Hours:
Summer Hours: 9:00 am – 11:50 am & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

How can I reach my instructor?
Login to Blackboard and enter your Lib 160 course pages. Contact your Instructor via Blackboard email, or visit your instructor during his or her posted office hours.

Where can I find Lib 160 course material?
All course materials, including the Course Readings, Quizzes, Grade Book, Announcements, Blog/Discussions, email, and instructor postings are located in Blackboard. Students enrolled in Lib 160 should login to Blackboard and enter their Lib 160 pages for more information.

Is there a Test-out for Lib 160?
Yes, the University offers a Test Out exam for Lib 160. The Test Out is especially recommended for students currently enrolled in Lib 160 who have scored high on the pretest, for students who have previously taken relevant coursework involving research, and for juniors, seniors, and/or transfer students who have already had courses involving research and scholarly information-seeking. You do not need to be registered for Lib 160 to take the Test Out exam. Beginning Fall 2013, a $100 fee has been assessed by the University for taking a Test-out exam. Test-out fees revert back to students' colleges, not to the Library. Times and dates the Test-out exam will be offered are listed on this Guide and are also available on the Lib 160 Blackboard Calendar. For more information about the Test Out exam, please review our Guide or inquire at the Lib 160 Office, 294-4527. Note that students who have previously attempted the Lib 160 Test Out exam but failed, and students who have previously taken and failed the Lib 160 course are not eligible to take the Test Out by University policy.

What happens if I fail the Test-out?
Students who do not pass the Lib 160 Test-Out exam must complete the course. If you are currently enrolled in the course when you attempt the Test Out, simply continue with the course. Students who are not enrolled in the course should go to the Lib 160 Office or meet with their advisor to inquire about adding the course. More information.

When are my Quizzes due?
All Quiz due dates are listed in your Lib 160 Blackboard Calendar. Students enrolled in Lib 160 should login to Blackboard and enter their Lib 160 pages for more information. Contact your instructor in Blackboard with any questions.

How many attempts do I have on each Quiz?
You have 5 attempts on each Quiz BEFORE its due date. You must achieve 80% correct or more in order to progress to the next unit. Each attempt may have different questions. A Quiz is locked on its due date at midnight.

I missed a Quiz due date. What should I do?
Contact your instructor immediately to discuss your situation.

What are "extenuating circumstances?"
We define "extenuating circumstances" as something serious and beyond your control that interferes with your ability to complete coursework as scheduled or required. Typical examples are serious illness, hospitalization, death in the family or similar emergency. Extenuating circumstances must be formally documented (e.g., doctor's note) and accepted by the Lib 160 office if any accommodations are to be made. Forgetting due dates, juggling academic and/or personal responsibilities, computer problems, and the like, are not considered extenuating circumstances. However, do contact your instructor if you are having problems of any kind - extenuating or otherwise - that are getting in the way of your coursework or that you would like to discuss.

What is the passing score for the class?
Starting Summer 2011, you must earn at least 80% or more correct on each Quiz by its due date in order to progress to the next unit and its Quiz. Review the Syllabus carefully and contact your instructor with any questions. You must have completed all required Quizzes successfully (i.e., earned 80% or more on each one) to be admitted to the Final Exam. See your Blackboard calendar for Quiz due dates. Students who take the Final Exam must earn a minimum of 30 correct out of 50 questions. Students who earn at least 30 points on the Final Exam and earned a minimum of 80% correct on each of the required Quizzes pass the class.

How does the Summer session of Lib 160 differ?
The Summer session of Lib 160 is shorter and therefore much more demanding for most students. During a Summer session, due dates for Quizzes are distributed evenly throughout the shortened session . Due to the limited number of weeks available in the Summer semester, Quiz deadlines come up very quickly and must not be missed. Students need to budget ample time necessary for reading all course material, communicating with their instructor, monitoring their progress in Blackboard, and completing all Quizzes. Due dates for Quizzes will be listed in the Summer Lib 160 course calendar in Blackboard. For these reasons, the Summer session of Lib 160 is recommended for motivated students with strong time management skills and who are able to devote time and effort to this very short course.

How does the Honors section of Lib 160 differ?
The Honors section of Lib 160 is for students who are enrolled in the ISU Honors Program. Beginning Fall 2013, the Honors section of Library 160 is fully online, offered only in Fall I. The Honors section may also have additional content.

I'm a transfer student. Do I have to take this course?
Lib 160 is a graduation requirement at ISU. ISU has articulation agreements with numerous community colleges and other universities that determine which courses transfer in with credit hours and / or satisfy any graduation requirements. See ISU's Course Equivalency Guides and contact your advisor with any questions. The Lib 160 course focuses on information literacy and research skills, not how to use our specific library - though we do of course use examples from the ISU Library setting, which you need to become acquainted with anyway. Unless you have previously taken an information literacy course or a library research skills course at another institution, it is likely there is important content in this course for you to learn.

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