Faculty Development: Britannica ImageQuest Tutorial & Workshop

This database tutorial is for Britannica ImageQuest, which is Encyclopedia Britannica’s rights-cleared image library. The tutorial is aimed toward the middle school science department, and contains example searches based in the science curriculum. The video tutorial includes information on why the database is both a reliable, ethical source for finding, citing, and using images in the classroom – both as a resource to show students, as well as for using in teaching materials. The tutorial also includes:

  • Steps for finding the database (and access information) from our Database Libguide page
  • Steps for finding image citations; navigating different collections; saving images for later use

Accompanying this tutorial is a plan for a faculty workshop titled “Picture This:” Ethical Image Sourcing with Britannica ImageQuest. The plan outlines four faculty learning objectives, including:

  • Workshop attendees will learn how to access, and search Britannica ImageQuest (Britannica’s library of unique, rights-cleared images from reputable museums and organizations) 
  • Workshop attendees will understand the basic features of Britannica ImageQuest, including: how to find image citations; navigate different collections; save images for later use
  • Workshop attendees will be able to explain the basics behind ethical image use, and model the ethical use of images for their students 
  • Workshop attendees will leave the workshop feeling comfortable teaching students how to access/use Britannica ImageQuest as a reputable resource for any assignment requiring the use of images

It also includes suggested discussion questions; a bibliography of further resources; a link to a handout with instructions for the “hands-on” portion of the workshop; a rubric for attendees to fill out after the workshop.

This tutorial was created as part of the advanced certificate LMS program at Queens College (2021-2022), with the intention of being introduced to faculty at Berkeley Carroll.

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