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  • 1. Essential information skills for  researchers: A collaborative project to develop an online,  open access resource.  Chris Bark, Coventry University Liz Martin, De Montfort University
  • 2. Content Who we are Project history and methods Perceptions and needs ‐ our recent findings Pilot module content Demo  Taking a collaborative approach ‐ benefits and challenges Next steps
  • 3. Who we are... East Midlands Research Support Group: Loughborough, Nottingham, De Montfort, Leicester,  Coventry, Northampton and Warwick EMRSG Project consortium: Loughborough, Nottingham, Coventry, De Montfort 
  • 4. Information handling skills for researchers  project: Why? Observation of the information handling skills of researchers at all levels Increasing internal push for online learning objects Discussions at a regional library event (Emalink) Desire for re‐usable suite of generic tutorials Prevent us all reinventing the wheel
  • 5. Project Timetable Autumn 2009: First meeting Jan 2010: Funding & initial planning Spring: Review of current products Summer: Surveys of researchers attitudes to learning &  information skills, plus interviews Autumn: Design & authoring tool selection Jan‐May 2011: Construction of content May: Evaluation of pilot units Summer: Editing in response to feedback Autumn: Start of dissemination 2012: Dissemination
  • 6. Review of current productsLooked at Pilot Swim- Denmark Irish Information literacy programme Pathway2Information- Nottingham Open University I-lit (Cranfield) Epigeum
  • 7. Researchers’ survey and Interviews2 surveys conducted:First surveyConducted at research conference atLoughborough (researchers attitudes towardslearning, particularly elearning)Second larger survey Created by Sarah McNicoll 224 responses from Nottingham, Loughborough and DMU Followed up with 11 face-to-face interviews
  • 8. Researchers’ survey and InterviewsKey results Include element of hands-on Ability to complete at own pace at a convenient time Visuals and links to external resources important Liked learning from peers
  • 9. DesignSelected Xerte as the authoring tool  Open source  Content can be re- used and repurposed  Designed for non- techies  Technical help
  • 10. Areas identified for content  include Primary Information, to include ethics, information  gathering and archives Secondary Information, to include effective searching,  information beyond academia and information issues for  projects such as researching funding bids  Promotion of your research (next slide) Management, to include reference management and  data management
  • 11. Content of Pilot module
  • 12. Quick live demo of the final ‘Dissemination of your research’ module
  • 13. Evaluation of pilot module Conducted by a ‘neutral’ research associate, Michael Norris Qualitative methods: Focus groups (Nottingham, Loughborough & DMU) Observations (Coventry) Recommendations were produced for whole module, plus comments on individual units which have aided editing and revisions. 
  • 14. Taking a collaborative  approachImage by Nicola Corboy, used under a CreativeCommons Licence,http://www.flickr.com/photos/n_corboy/4921290518/sizes/m/in/photostream
  • 15. Mindmap of wider collaboration
  • 16. Our experience: Benefits to us More motivation Increased knowledge of other organisations Sharing of knowledge of tools Support Friendship
  • 17. Our experience: Benefits to the project More time More money More ideas More skills More potential contacts
  • 18. Our experience ‐ challenges Different institutional expectations (PGRs or Research staff?) Editorial control Politics and diplomacy, especially regarding deadlines Cross‐institutional file sharing, especially video
  • 19. The Future Add to Jorum and Xpert as open access Promotion and Publicity
  • 20. ContactsCoventry University De Montfort UniversityChris Bark Liz Martinc.bark@coventry.ac.uk emartin@dmu.ac.ukJudy Thompsonj.thompson@coventry.ac.uk Loughborough University University of NottinghamHelen Young Wendy Stantonh.young@lboro.ac.uk wendy.stanton@nottingham.ac.ukRuth Stubbings Jenny Coombsr.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk jenny.coombs@nottingham.ac.ukKeep in touch with the project at: www.emrsg.org.uk
  • 21. Questions?