Library Teaching Support for English 110

Support for Research Assignments

To request an in-person or online class session, contact Lauren Wallis or submit this form. A librarian will design an interactive class session with 2-3 learning outcomes specific to your assignment and students’ needs. We can also consult on assignment design, in-class activities to scaffold the research assignment, or ways to integrate supplemental learning materials into your Canvas course.

Support for Multimodal Assignments

New for Fall 2021: The Library is shifting to an instructor-focused model of support for multimodal assignments and will no longer be offering synchronous sessions (in-person or online) in the Student Multimedia Design Center (SMDC) as a standard service. We encourage you to talk to Amanda McCollom about your multimodal project; she can share tips for scaffolding the assignment, recommend which resources will be best for your specific assignment, and customize Canvas materials as needed.

All E110 instructors are welcome to reserve one of the SMDC classrooms for a class period for your students to work on their multimodal projects or independently explore new software and tools available at the Library. Learn more about our reservation policies and submit your request.

New instructors and those trying a new or updated multimodal assignment can request a librarian-led session. We ask that these sessions not focus heavily on learning new tools and rather incorporate active learning focused on building multimedia literacy skills, such as project planning or evaluating multimedia content.

The SMDC Desk is the primary place for students to get help with their multimodal projects, and consultations are available for anyone who requires more in-depth assistance. We are resuming many of our pre-pandemic services, including loaning multimedia equipment at the SMDC desk on a first-come, first-serve basis for a 3-day period.  The SMDC desk has new hours and will be open from 10am-9pm on most weekdays.

Assignment Packages: Looking to try a new multimodal assignment for your course? Podcasts and graphic design assignments allow students to communicate their ideas through new mediums and do not require use of specialty equipment or paid software. Explore the multimodal assignment packages, which includes an instructor’s guide with a sample timeline for the project and resources for students. Contact Amanda McCollom to discuss customizing these materials for your own assignment.

Supplemental Materials for All Classes

These standard materials are available for all E110 classes. If you plan to use any of these during Fall 2021, let us know here to help us keep accurate statistics.

English 110 Research Guide: Link or embed this research guide in Canvas to provide students with a starting point for research and multimodal projects. See directions for embedding the guide here.

Canvas Module for Multimodal Assignments: Go to Canvas Commons and search “Library Resources for Multimedia Projects”; download and import into your Canvas course. This module contains separate pages for video projects, podcast projects, and graphic design projects. You can unpublish the pages you don’t need. Feel free to rename the module, customize content as needed, or split the content into different modules.

Research Help: Encourage your students to use Ask the Library to get research help from UD librarians. Students can also request a research consultation by contacting Lauren Wallis or the librarian assigned to your class.

Video Tutorials: Assign video tutorials to provide concise, visual overviews of key skills and concepts.

E110 Research Strategies Videos: This series of four videos outlines concepts and skills for doing scholarly research, including understanding peer review, brainstorming keywords, selecting search tools, and searching in databases and DELCAT Discovery.

Multimodal Video Series: This collection of three stand-alone videos provides an overview of concepts and skills to help with multimodal projects. The videos cover the five stages of the digital storytelling process, design principles for graphic design projects, and practical tips to enhance video and audio projects. The videos are also available on the E110 research guide and the Canvas module.

Arak Research Process Interviews: These videos feature winners of the 2017 Arak Award discussing their research process and offering advice to their peers.

Tutorials with Quizzes:

Canvas Commons Module with Quiz: Search in Canvas Commons for “English 110 Research Skills Video Series” and import it into your course. This module uses the research strategies videos described above. Note: Final updates to the module will by made on 8/30/21. 

Text-Based Library Tutorial: Introduce students to search strategies and the variety of types of sources they can find through the library. Find more information for instructors here.

Additional Resources

English 110 Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

These learning outcomes engage with national guidelines for college-level information literacy learning and were designed to support the English 110 course goals. All teaching materials are mapped to these outcomes.

Activity Repository

This collection of activities is designed for English 110 instructors to use in their courses to support all phases of research and multimodal assignments. UD librarians created these activities with an awareness of common needs in English 110 students. While they were designed for in-person sessions, many are adaptable to the online environment.

Fall 2021 Research Study

In Fall 2021, we will be conducting a research study of E110 students’ source evaluation practices. Instructors can opt in to have their classes involved, and students can elect whether or not to have their responses included in the study. See the instructor information sheet here and contact Lauren Wallis if you are interested in having your classes participate.