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Quest Speaking (COMM 111)

Resources to help COMM 111 instructors in crafting their courses, assignments, assessments, and syllabi.

Quest Speaking

The resources provided below are designed to aid COMM 111 instructors in crafting their courses, assignments, assessments, and syllabi.

If you have questions about Quest Speaking courses, paired courses, or Signature Questions, please contact us at

Sample Syllabus

Thank you to Dr. Angela Westphal for providing her Spring 2015 syllabus as a sample.
Signature question: Sustainability

Information Literacy Resources for Quest Speaking and Writing Courses

Instruction librarians at Polk Library are actively involved in assisting instructors and students with concepts related to information literacy. The library offers both synchronous and asynchronous resources to help students meet information literacy outcomes:

ANVIL: Active iNstructional Videos in Information Literacy

ANVIL is an interactive trivia-style game which teaches students concepts associated with information literacy, all integrated through D2L. ANVIL is divided into six categories, with each category explaining a different information literacy concept via short (~5 minute) videos. In total, there are 10 videos, covering content about: the information cycle; understanding academic assignments and developing research topics; searching for information; locating information; evaluating information; and, citing and using information.

After watching the videos, players can test their understanding of a concept by playing the game, in which they’re given ten random questions (related to the concept) to answer before time runs out. Scores are automatically entered into a course’s D2L dropbox. To get this set up for your course, contact the Information Literacy Librarian, Ted Mulvey, at

Library Instructional Support in the USP

Librarians also play an important role on campus in the development of skills associated with information literacy, via face-to-face meetings. The library provides an array of options from which instructors may choose:

Research Support for Students

Students may also meet with a librarian directly for assistance, through Polk Library’s Research Advisory Program. Through this program, students meet one-on-one with a librarian, where they will receive individualized and in-depth assistance with their research. Students can set up a session by emailing, or by filling out this form:


In addition to their focus on the "Oral and Written Communication" category of the UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO), Quest Speaking (COMM 111) courses include learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment for the Information Literacy ELO category.

Speaking and writing instructors may find the American Association of Colleges and Universities "Written Communication," "Oral Communication" and "Information Literacy" rubric useful in their course development and on-going dialogues.

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