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Virtual Learning Environments & Information Literacy. Debbi Boden Faculty Team Leader. Information Literacy & the Imperial experience. 2003 Decided we needed an Information Literacy (IL) programme. L ibrary staff to teach IL in ‘bite size chunks’ throughout the course .
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Virtual Learning Environments & Information Literacy Debbi Boden Faculty Team Leader
Information Literacy & the Imperial experience 2003 • Decided we needed an Information Literacy (IL) programme. • Library staff to teach IL in ‘bite size chunks’ throughout the course. • Blended learning approach would be most appropriate
The aim was to develop a Online teaching programme which could be used by students either remotely or in the classroom to develop their IL skills, thus enhancing their learning experience and developing their skills as an independent learner. To provide access to an online environment which is made up of self-contained units that can be used either selectively according to the needs of the users, or as a complete linear programme. aim objectives
Imperial definition An independent learner who has the confidence and ability to retrieve, evaluate, exploit and manage information with an understanding of the legal, economic and social issues that surround the use of information.
Olivia = Online Virtual Information Assistant Online information literacy programme Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) WebCT 9 self contained learning units A staff information area A ‘first time users’ information area Help and contact
How did we use the IL programme? • Blended learning • Lectures • Demonstrations • Hands on sessions • Self paced learning • Interactive learning • Questionnaires • Self test (WebCT) • Marked quizzes (WebCT) • Online tutorials (Informs software)
‘The most important piece of knowledge I have acquired from this academic writing is that I now know, or at least think I know, how to research. I have carried out plenty of research on methodology, and I now know where the important information is in the library for future projects. I have acquired a lot of relevant knowledge about the research procedure, … This has been my first piece of academic writing. I hope that my reference list and bibliography show how thorough my research was. Basically the Imperial College London Central Library has been my second home. I now know how to research, where the books are for the next time, have acquired a lot of relevant knowledge about the procedure, and there is a lot of information that I had to leave out because of the word limit. Where the library is, how self issue desk works. I have learnt a lot by I have come to a point were I have become saturated and will stop reading science fiction literature for a while.’ Evaluation ‘I approached this report in the same way that I would have an A Level or even GCSE project. In retrospect, this was a grave error. My attitude in school was always to put things off to the last minute, then just complete tasks out of bare necessity. This tactic is not appropriate for a university level report. I was extremely negligent in my methods towards both primary and secondary research, leaving me with a huge task on my hands when the report finally to come together. I hardly did any research towards research methods, and I know that this shows in my final report, which displays very weak methodology’ Combination of online & traditional teaching methods Informality of the PC sessions Ease of access to WebCT 24/7 & being able to revisit units (students whose first language was not English found this very helpful) User friendly – navigation straightforward Consistency of style throughout all units Excellent system which can help me with my course work, I feel more confident. Wicked! Really helpful Appreciate the use of Olivia Keep up the good work! A good resource, nicely laid out Olivia looks really useful Very useful for my studies • Focus groups • Learning summaries • Evaluation sheets • Critical analysis sheet • Quizzes – formative & summative
What next? • Respondus quiz software • WiseGuide – development of in-house online tutorial software • Active learning – PRS • Podcasts Future research and essay writing 97.8%
But what is it? • Do librarian’s actually know what it is? • Reluctance to move forward? • What can we do? • Imperial • National
Staff development • Skills audit • Pedagogy • Online learning • Course design, aims, learning outcomes etc • How to teach with Olivia • Dreamweaver • iLIP • Information literacy internal programme
CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group – what are we doing? • LILAC – Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference • 2005, 2006 and hopefully 2007 • Discussion list – 1000+ • email@example.com • 2005 & 2006 themed IL CILIP UPDATE • CILIP definition • JIL- Journal of Information Literacy • Launched LILAC 2006 first publication October 2006
CSG IL group • High level conference – DfES • Training • All sectors • IL website - Joint partnership • CILIP, Sconul, MLA, SLA & HEA • Organic • Join us! www.cilip.org.uk/informationliteracy