Library Support for English 110 in the Online Learning Environment

Library teaching support is available in synchronous and asynchronous formats for research and multimodal assignments. In the online learning environment, we encourage you to incorporate a variety of forms of instructional support. The list below outlines available options, but you can discuss additional ideas with a librarian.

To request instruction and initiate planning, contact Lauren Wallis and Amanda McCollom or submit this form. We look forward to planning effective and engaging instruction suited to your course format and assignments.

Options for Synchronous Classes

Zoom Class Session: Schedule an interactive class session taught by a librarian. These sessions are most effective when designed as a “flipped classroom,” in which the lesson builds on a small assignment students complete ahead of time.

Individual or Small Group Research Consultations: Use your scheduled class time for students to have brief research consultations with a librarian.

Additional Options: Any of the “asynchronous” options below can also be used for synchronous courses.

Options for Asynchronous or Synchronous Classes

Low-Stakes Activities: Brief activities or short worksheets designed by librarians can help scaffold your assignments and facilitate students’ engagement in the processes of research or multimodal creation.

Individual Feedback: To help your students recognize and apply strategies specific to their projects, librarians can provide individual feedback on discussion board posts or low-stakes activities.

Supporting Materials for All Classes

These standard materials can be incorporated into synchronous or asynchronous classes, but are not designed to be used on their own. They should be used in combination with other forms of teaching support listed on this page or designed in collaboration with a librarian.

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.

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 Topic Exploration Videos: Exploring a Topic and Analyzing Perspective encourage students to consider a source’s scope and the creator’s authority as they begin the research process and collect background information. Optional research log assignments prompt students to apply skills to their own project.
  • 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. Optional research log assignments prompt students to apply skills to their own project. A quick overview video on navigating databases is also available.
  • 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.
  • Arak Research Process Interviews: These videos feature winners of the 2017 Arak Award discussing their research process and offering advice to their peers.

Multimodal Assignment Design

Looking to try a new multimodal assignment for your course? Podcasts assignments allow students to communicate their ideas in a new medium and do not require use of specialty equipment or paid software. Explore the podcast project package, 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.

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.