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Intro to Info Lit Classes

Asychronous classes teaching about information literacy for student use, or faculty to assign.

Class 3 instructions

Class 3: Entering the Conversation

Step 1: Introduction to Scholarship as Conversation

Often scholars, when they publish their work and read the work of other scholars, think of that process as entering into a scholarly conversation. These conversations are open-ended, leave room for disagreement, and are appropriately cited to demonstrate knowledge in an area.

For our first step in this module, please watch the following video about scholarly conversation:

Step 2 of Scholarship as Conversation

Step 2: Add to Our Scholarly(ish) Conversation

In this step, you'll be contributing to a conversation that we are going to build about whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. You'll be using the Padlet website for this class ( for this assignment. Don't worry -- you don't need an account on Padlet to use it, but you can create one if you like.

Here is a video of the steps, with written steps to follow:


  • First, read several of the arguments for and against pineapple on pizza that are here. Click on some of the links and see what types of arguments already exist. You'll need a good sense of what's already here before contributing, just like in a scholarly conversation. 
  • Respond to two arguments about pineapple on pizza by leaving a written comment of 2 or 3 sentences with the following guidelines:
    • Please respond to one padlet (box) in the "Pineapple belongs on Pizza" column, and one box in the "Get that pineapple off my pizza" column.
    • Comments may be a response to the original comment or to other comments -- remember, we are creating a conversation here.
    • Comments may come in the form of your opinion, other links to negate or support your claim, etc.
    • Keep all comments lighthearted and appropriate! 
  • Give a Grade of 0-100 to five of the arguments. Try to do 2 from one side and 3 from the other. As padlets get graded, we will move the highest-scoring padlets to the top of the columns.
  • Now that you've entered the conversation, it's time for you to add a new argument, in the form of a new padlet (box) to either column. Your argument should have the following:
    • A title that sums up what the argument is
    • Some text describing your argument 
    • A link to a source that supports your argument
    • You may need to get creative here. Think about looking into celebrities or organizations that might support your claim, or perhaps look into the history of pineapple or pizza. You might research taste buds, preferences, free will, etc. How can you contribute to this conversation in a new way?

Step 3: Watch As I Trace an Actual Scholarly Conversation

Step 3: Watch as We Trace an Actual Scholarly Conversation

Step 4: Why Citations Matter Video

Step 4: Why Citations Matter

Part of understanding that Scholarship is a Conversation is also understanding that citations matter because they help us trace that conversation. Here's a video that explains more about this: 

Step 5: Creating a Scholarly Paper about Pineapple Pizza

Step 5: Creating a Cited Class Paper

In our last step, we're going to be practicing our citations and being a responsible member of the scholarly community by adding the information that we included in Padlet into a paper that we will create as a class. We will be using MLA format for this exercise. If you need help with MLA, feel free to visit our guide on MLA format, visit the Purdue OWL's guide to MLA Citations, or get in touch with a librarian.

Here are the steps:

  • Visit the Google Doc for this paper by clicking here or using the following link: (
  • Add to the paper by adding 1-2 sentences summing up the argument that you added to Padlet. You'll want to make it clear where the source is coming from by adding an in-text citation or signal phrase to your sentences.
  • Then, add your citation to the Works Cited page. Make sure to keep your citation in alphabetical order, to cite it correctly, and to use a hanging indent, which we will show in the video below.
  • If you need help with MLA formatting or with creating a hanging indent, see the videos below:



Info Lit class Survey

Badge survey