Stacking the Deck in Your Students' FavorPresentation Transcript
CCBC 2011 Annual Teaching Learning Fair January 12, 2011 Cynthia Roberts, Director of Library Services Jay Whitelock, Associate Professor, Business Studies
Stacking the Deck in Your Students Favor Essential Communication and Research Skills for Business
“The organization of the future is held together with information – working in such an organization will require literacy to obtain the necessary internal and external information to do our jobs “ Drucker, Peter F. "The Information Executives Truly Need." Harvard Business Review 73.1 (1995): 54-62. Business Source Premier. EBSCO. Web. 18 Jan. 2011.
“Effective integration of information literacy skills into the business curriculum requires the development of collaborative partnerships between teaching faculty and librarians” Wu, Yuhfen Diana and Susan Lee Kendall. “Teaching Faculty Perspectives on Business Information Literacy.” Reference Services Review 34.1 (2006):86-96. Proquest Central. Web. 28 Dec 2010.
Determine the extent of information needed Access the needed information effectively and efficiently Evaluate information and its sources critically Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally Association of College and Research Libraries (2000) An information literate individual is able to:
MNGT 101: Introduction to Business and Industry A 3 credit course, which has no pre-requisites or any required minimum competency level for reading, writing or mathematics The Course
A semester-long group project Students are assigned into groups and provided a Public Company to researchAn outline is provided to each group The outline is coordinated with the textbook and lectures Oral Presentation: 20 minutesWritten Report : addressing specific information about the company and minutes of their group meetings The Assignment
Ability to identify credible information resources for business research Practice the necessary skills to research effectively and efficiently particular business concepts for a specific public company Improved written communication skills Improved verbal communication skills Ability to work well in a group Learning Outcomes
Writing a documented research paper Citation format Making an oral presentation Coordinating what each group member will present Peer assessment of group presentations Working in a group Calling meetings Dividing/Assigning tasks Communication Skills
Within the first few weeks of the semester a Library Instruction session is scheduled During this session students sit with their groups Research skills are integrated into the project The Library Instruction Session
Research Skills in Context Discipline specific assignment A real-life exercise Business – research a public company Introduce students to trade publications Advantages
Company Annual Report Company Website Library Databases Business Source Premier LexisNexis Academic Identify the Resources
How to find it on the company website Investors or Investor Information/Services What is important in the annual report? Letter to the Shareholders Financial Highlights Form 10-K Company Annual Report
Our Company Our Mission Our History Read with a critical eye Company Website
Company Profile SWOT Analysis Industry Profiles Trade Publications Magazines, Journals and Newspapers Business Source Premier
Database Features Save material on your flash drive and then send to group members E-mail articles to group members, including yourself
Content Company Snapshot LexisNexis Academic
Conclusions – Stack the deck in your students’ favor Do not assume your students know how to research Students who are required to use information resources other than random websites of their choice develop an appreciation for research databases and develop the skills to search these resources effectively Collaboration between teaching faculty and librarians can produce effective assignments that involve research components
Require the groups to use search profiles in Business Source Premier and save their search strategies and articles How can we improve on this?