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EMPATIC Recommendations - Higher Education: Final

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EMPATIC: Information Literacy in the Higher Education learning sector (HE) – recommendations to policy makers. …

EMPATIC: Information Literacy in the Higher Education learning sector (HE) – recommendations to policy makers.
(the ERASMUS programme area)

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  • 1. Empowering Autonomous Learning through Information Competencies   Information  Literacy  in  the  Higher  Education  Sector     Recommendations  to  Policy  Makers   (the  ERASMUS  programme  area)    Through   EMPATIC’s   validation   workshops,   a   process   of   consultation   and   the   Final   Conference,  the   following   set   of   recommendations   has   been   drafted   to   address   different   levels   of  government,   from   the   European   Union,   through   National   and   National   Academic   Systems,   to  the  individual  university  level.    1. Information  Literacy  and  its  specialized  fields  must  be  promoted  to  society,  decision  makers,   politicians  and  users.    2. Ministries   of   education,   departments   of   Library   and   Information   Science   at   higher   educational  institutions  and  relevant  libraries  should  cooperate  with  each  other.    3. European  Research  Area:  Information  Literacy  should  be  embedded  into  the  Bologna  process   as   a   new   learning   outcome,   in   order   to   fully   legitimise   Information   Literacy   within   and   at   the   level  of  European  Research  Area  (European  Commission  policy  level).  4. Support   a   European   Information   Literacy   Model:   the   diffusion   of   the   revised   2011   SCONUL   Information   Literacy   model   for   Higher   Education   should   be   supported   as   it   is   a   European   model,   widely   accepted   in   Europe   and   translated   into   various   European   languages.   Originally   (1999)   conceived   for   the   Higher   Education   sector,   its   successful   diffusion   in   European   countries,  led  to  the  definition  of  a  core  model  and  a  number  of  so-­‐called  “lenses”,  each  for  a   different  group  of  learners.  (European  Commission  -­‐  Supranational  policy  level).  5. Information  Literacy  must  be  implemented  within  a  curricular  integration  process  in  Higher   Education  courses  of  study,  similar  to  the  process  already  established  for  Computer  Literacy   (University  policy  level).  6. Legitimatise   a   curricular   configuration   for   Information   Literacy   to   be   diffused   in   European   universities  (Academic  system  policy  level).    Three  different  levels,  together  with  number  of   credits,    were  suggested:   i. Library  delivered  (2-­‐4  credits)   ii. Academic  delivered  (4  credits)   iii. Embedded  (credits  included  within  the  subject  credit  amount)  7. Educational   continuum:   in   the   long   term,   Higher   Education   educational   policies   will   take   large  benefit  from  the  full  integration  of  Information  Literacy  into  school  curricula  (National   policy  level).    8. Syllabus   definition:   syllabi   should   be   tailored   according   to   the   context   of   the   specific   information  habit  of  the  discipline/subject  involved.  (University  policy  level).  9. Institutionalisation  of  approach:  a  governance  approach  should  be  supportive  of  the  overall   process   of   Information   Literacy   institutionalisation   in   Higher   Education,   since   it   is   an   issue   crossing  the  domains  of  information  and  education  policies  (Academic  system  policy  level).  Targetting   central   policy   makers   may   have   greater   potential   for   change   than   working   at   local  levels,  through  slow  research  and  similar  processes.   The  main  purpose  of  the  EMPATIC  recommendations  is  to  stimulate  action   www.empat-ic.eu Project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme

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