Heritage Resources Instruction Program
Heritage Resources wants to ensure that every student who graduates from Western is able to find, understand, and interpret a wide variety of research sources in various contexts throughout their lives. This is a life-long learning skill and a critical component of both information and academic literacy. The rare, original, and archival sources collected by our programs are valuable teaching and learning tools that can enhance, enrich, and enliven research in nearly every subject. Our job is to make sure those resources are used in any way that can further the educational mission of Western. To that end, our staff have developed a core curriculum that allows students to discover and use our unique resources, and provide engaging methods for accessing, researching, and interpreting those materials.
Instructional activities may include homework assignments, field trips, and hands-on exercises designed to emphasize active learning, group discussion, and reflection. Through these activities students will be able to:
Discover the three Heritage Resources units and the understand the scope of their collections;
Navigate search and access tools to find quality resources that support various research needs;
Use critical anlaysis skills to identify bias and point-of-view, and evaluate the relevance/reliability of information the sources contain;
Understand and internalize basic rules for using archives and special collections, and be comfortable communicating with staff to facilitate research requests.
The Heritage Resources instruction program is intended to provide a consistent experience for students and faculty of all academic fields; however, it is also flexible and may be tailored to suit specific course needs and/or faculty requests. Please contact us at Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu if you'd like to learn more about these services or schedule an instructional session. For a general overview of our programs and collections, please refer to this online video tutorial. Detailed information about the Heritage Resources instruction program, including suggested class activities and sessions topics, can be found in this document.