Elon librarians, faculty present at The Innovative Library Classroom conference

Patrick Rudd, Shannon Tennant and Chrissy Stein discussed teaching data literacy in first-year writing courses.

Elon faculty and staff Patrick Rudd, Shannon Tennant and Christy Stein presented “A Collaborative Approach to Finding and Using Data in a First-Year Writing Course” at The Innovative Library Classroom conference at William & Mary University on June 2.

Shannon Tennant, Chrissy Stein, and Patrick Rudd presented at The Innovative Library Classroom conference.

The presentation shared Rudd, Tennant and Stein’s experiences with collaborating on a scaffolded approach to teaching data literacy in ENG 1100.

Rudd and Tennant co-taught multiple library sessions with Stein’s ENG 1100 sections focused on the development of research strategies to locate, interpret and use qualitative and quantitative data. Throughout the semester, students practiced how to effectively use and represent data in a persuasive argument. By the end of the semester students could position data sources in conversation through writing and infographics. The presentation discussed the instructors’ approaches, student responses and next steps.

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) is a conference dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries. The conference is sponsored by the Virginia Library Association, William & Mary Libraries, Longwood University’s Greenwood Library, Radford University Libraries and Hollins University Library. TILC grew from a regional Libraries Exchange Observation project in Virginia, and the conference is now is attended by instruction librarians and library partners from across the country.