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Teaching template and lessons plans: introduction

The following pages of this LibGuide contain a template that can be used to create lesson plans. They also contain lesson plans for teaching specific aspects of information literacy. The aim is that these tools are generic and can be taken and adapted to suit local context, for example the needs of students studying a specific subject.

Cambridge Information Literacy Network (CILN) Teaching Template

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This Teaching Template was commissioned and developed by CILN, the Cambridge Information Literacy Network, with the aim of providing a resource which would encourage teachers in information literacy across Cambridge libraries to plan their sessions successfully and consistently.

The CILN Teaching Template for lesson planning makes use of ‘Backward Design’ methodology (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005), which encourages teachers to focus on what they want their students to learn. The blank Template can be downloaded and printed out to hand-write out your lesson plan or edited electronically. It is not necessary to use all the functions in the Template. Pick and choose sections that help you to plan your students’ learning. There is an embedded link to the CILN Framework, which underpins our practical approaches to teaching information literacy across Cambridge University Libraries. There is a link to Alison Hicks’ advice on using Backward Design to help you think about learning objective and links to the Advance HE Area of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Value. This may be of use if you are working towards HEA (Higher Education Academy) Fellowship.  

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