Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources

EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy - The Power of Primary Sources
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Online Course
2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Mary Alice Anderson

Fall: September 23 - November 8, 2019
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($904 per course)
Fall Tuition Due - October 2019

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

You Will Learn

  • Strategies for incorporating primary sources in varied formats in your content area
  • How to locate and analyze quality web-based primary sources in multiple digital formats to support differentiated instruction and enhance your curriculum
  • How to design learning activities that promote thinking critically to construct new understandings from varied information sources.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Community college, higher education, and continuing education faculty
  • Higher ed librarians and K-12 school library media specialists
  • National History Day educators
  • Teachers of Advanced Placement classes and core content area teachers
  • Educators addressing disciplinary literacy, state and national standards requiring the use of primary sources
  • Educators incorporating inquiry and informational text reading skills, and those working with National History Day activities.

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 

Course Description

Research-based and practical strategies for analyzing, critiquing and engaging with informational digital text, video, images and diverse multimedia primary sources in the classroom to stimulate inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking.

Digital primary sources from The Library of Congress (LOC), the LOC's professional development program, and the Digital Public Library of America will be incorporated.

This Class Changed My Teaching Forever...

Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff
Blog postings by the instructor, Mary Alice Anderson

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered two times each year (spring and summer).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy


There is no required textbook. All readings will be provided online.

Our Students Say. . .

"No matter what grade or subject you teach, there are materials that teachers can use.  I wish I would have learned about these tools in my pre-teaching training in college." 
~  High School Social Studies, AP Psychology, and Government Teacher, Wisconsin

"I have never felt so good taking a course than I have during this course. The exploratory nature of the assignments has sparked many ideas for my own classroom. I can't even go out to eat without thinking about primary sources."
~ High School Social Studies Teacher, Wisconsin

"I can confidently admit that this course far exceeded my expectations."
~ History Teacher, Illinois

"When I thought of primary sources before this course, I had a vague idea of dry, dull information—treaties, science research. Instead, I found lots of great ways to enrich my curriculum."
~ Middle School English Teacher, Wisconsin

"This has been one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, class I've ever taken."
~ Elementary Media Specialist, Wisconsin

"It's incredible what I've learned about my neighborhood not only during the local history module but the entire class."
~ Park Ranger-Education, Ellis Island, New York

" I feel that this class fueled an enthusiasm about teaching and learning I have not had in some time."
~ High School English Teacher, Maryland

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.