Information Literacy (IL) is a specialized information competence course designed to equip students with the skills needed to effectively identify information needs, locate, evaluate, organize, create, use and communicate information so as to address Issues at hand and also to avoid issues of plagiarism. IL is regarded not only as a survival skill in the current information age, characterized with exponential growth of information and corresponding ICTs, but it also forms the basis of lifelong learning because it fits all disciplines, levels of education and learning environments. This therefore means it’s a prerequisite for one to participate effectively in the information Society. As such, students will learn to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, independent information seekers, lifelong learners. Particular attention will be paid to, concept of information literacy, Information sources and resources, constructing search query and Internet searching, searching databases and online journals, Organizing and retrieving information, ICT, Social Media, Ethical and fair use of information.
By the end of the course, learners should be able to:
- Interpret an information task
- Identify information sources
- Search for and retrieve information
- Present information in an acceptable format