Faculty teaching GE courses starting next year are invited to apply for professional development in information literacy offered by the library.

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning (ACRL 2015). Critical information literacy (CIL) pushes this definition further, and in asking students to consider “how information works” (in our disciplines, the academy, the world), the sociopolitical dynamics that shape information creation, distribution, and circulation are revealed, making important space for critique and transformation.  


In this interactive workshop, participants will explore how to integrate CIL into their course design, learn what Pfau library resources are available to support CIL pedagogy in the new GE program, and leave equipped to (re)design an assignment/assessment or in-class activity.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12-4 pm.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12-4 pm. 

Eligible participants will receive $300 in professional development funds. Audience: all faculty (including instructors) who will be teaching a GE course that includes the GLO of Information Literacy (required in Cat E, A1, A2, D2, C1). Faculty must have at least an academic-year appointment.


$300 compensation requires attendance, participation, and submission of a brief summary of materials developed as a result of the workshop.


Complete the GE Professional Development Application form to sign up for a program.

Connection to CSUSB General Education

The CIL Lab supports the campus GE learning outcome for critical literacies, which states:

“The program… is a process whereby students… analyze the ways that information, including quantitative and technological, oral and written, both shape and are shaped by social contexts.”

The tutorials, assessments, and instructional resources highlight the social nature of information and, when integrated into meaningful assignments, lend impetus to classroom discussions, activities, and reflection about the information environment.

Several students in a classroom collaborating amongst each other

For more, see:

CIL in the GE Learning Outcomes (what students will know and be able to do as a result of the CSUSB GE program)

CIL Rubric and Accompanying Narrative (guidance for GE courses that satisfy the CIL outcome)

Association of College & Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (document from which we derive our definition of CIL)

CSUSB GE Program: Seekers, Knowers, Makers, Doers

CSUSB GE and Institutional Learning Outcomes

Instructor’s Corner (resources to integrate CIL into your GE courses)