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Learning Centres in Universities Iceland University of Education

Learning Centres in Universities Iceland University of Education. Kristín Indriðadóttir Director of the Learning Centre Iceland University of Education. Nordic Summer School on Information Literacy 11.06.2007. References.

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Learning Centres in Universities Iceland University of Education

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  1. Learning Centres in UniversitiesIceland University of Education Kristín IndriðadóttirDirector of the Learning CentreIceland University of Education Nordic Summer School on Information Literacy 11.06.2007

  2. References Centred on Learning. Academic Case Studies on Learning Centre Development. Edited by Edward Oyston. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003. • Collection of articles by staff members in Learning Centres in 4 British universities examining the development of services

  3. Changes in Higher Education

  4. Changes in Higher Education • The student profile has altered as concerns age, prior learning, experience, mode of study • Technology developments and virtual learning environments have opened up new territories • New models of teaching/learning (greater emphasis on resource-based and independent learning approaches, distance learning) • Official encouragement of lifelong learning

  5. Where to meet the students • Difficult to assume prior skills • Many students have not mastered necessary study skills or IT-skills but have recent experience of education and study • Older students have valuable experience but not recent experience of being a student

  6. The needs of academic staff • Individual needs are different, academic staff have different competence but have to meet quality standards and various new challenges – they need assistance • The teachers’ skills in using virtual learning environments have to be developed as many of them do not have necessary IT skills • Those who wish to take the lead in developing education need encouragement, support and facilities

  7. Information & Learning Management systems • More and more large and expensive information and learning management systems are used in universities • There is a need to maximize the use and effectiveness of these systems and provide as seamless access to them as possible

  8. How to react to the situation? • Traditional libraries are not able to support the way that technology is increasingly embedded in student learning • In Learning Centres a wider view of student learning support is taken and the students’ need for a safety net to support the entire learning process is acknowledged • New technology (software, databases, email, computer-based learning materials) has led to a blurring of academic support boundaries • The support services must have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of the academic staff

  9. The Iceland University of Education The Learning Centre • The Iceland University of Education (IUE) has met the challenges through organizational convergence of academic support services • The Learning Centre (with a staff of 21) consists of two divisions, the Library (10) and the Computer and Media Centre (10), under the administration of one director and two managers • These two divisions support the entire learning and teaching process, research and administration • The two divisions are situated in the same building

  10. Iceland University of EducationStudent population (2006) • Undergraduate studies 1577 • Thereof distant learners =715 = 45% • Postgraduate studies 505 • Thereof distant learners = 505 = 100% Total student number 2082 (women 82,4%) –Thereof distant learners =1310 = 62,9% • New students 2006 635 • Graduates 2006 662

  11. Iceland University of EducationStaff (2006) • Professors 18 • Associate Professors 21 • Assistant Professors 66 • Adjunkt Lecturers 40 (28,2 posts) • Other staff 66 (61,9) • Total 211 (194,5)

  12. The Iceland Univ. of EducationCampus - Computer facilities • Four different places in Reykjavík (269 / 92 / 15 / 6 workstations) • Physical Education is taught at Laugarvatn, 90 km to the south from Reykjavík; small library branch with 0,5 staff (47 workstations) • Total = 400+ computer workstations • 1000+ = students laptops connected to the wireless network

  13. Information Literacy – Involvement in planning • The aim of enabling students to be competent users of information is central to the learning approach • Not many students arrive in Higher Education with these skills • Information literacy develops over a period of time and the input must be at an appropriate pace • Close contact with teachers, team working, use of LMs • Easier for converged services than a library to involve in planning?

  14. The future challenge for the LC of IUE • There will still be an increasing pace of change • The merging process of IUE and UI will be a great challenge • The UI aims to become one of the 100 best universities in the world • The policy of UI is to increase academic support services

  15. Thank you for listening! Welcome to The Learning Centre of The Iceland University of Education

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