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Digital literacies at LSE

  1. 1. Information and digital literacy at LSE Dr Jane Secker LSE Centre for Learning Technology COFHE LASEG / IL Group TeachMeet 23rd May 2011
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Definitions of information and digital literacy and useful models </li></ul><ul><li>Information & digital literacy in practice at LSE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Definition of information literacy <ul><li>Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations. </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO (2005) Alexandria Proclamation </li></ul><ul><li>“… Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. </li></ul><ul><li>CILIP (2004) Information literacy definition </li></ul>
  4. 4. Definition of digital literacy <ul><li>“… the skills, knowledge and understanding that enables critical, creative, discerning and safe practices when engaging with digital technologies in all areas of life” </li></ul><ul><li>FutureLab, (2010) </li></ul>
  5. 6. New SCONUL model
  6. 7. FutureLab (2010) model of digital literacy
  7. 8. IL in practice at LSE <ul><li>Information skills classes run by Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open to all students – focus on PGTs and UGs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional – run each term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers using library resources, literature searching, internet searching, citing and referencing, Endnote, keeping up to date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taught by Library staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full programme listed on LSE Library website </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Embedding IL in undergraduate study <ul><li>LSE100 is a core course for all undergraduate students (pilot in 2009/10 now compulsory) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the cause of things: thinking like a social scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Tackles the big questions in the social sciences and taught by leading academics </li></ul><ul><li>Has information, methodological and communication skills embedded </li></ul><ul><li>An online tutorial is available to students in Moodle to support the essay writing process </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence suggests students who use the tutorial perform better in final exam - need further research </li></ul>
  9. 10. DL in practice at LSE <ul><li>Digital literacy classes run by CLT and Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open to all staff and PhD students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional – run each term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover using web 2.0 tools (social networking, social bookmarking, Twitter, blogging), internet searching, keeping up to date, managing your web presence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taught by CLT and Library staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further information on CLT website </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. The MI512 programme <ul><li>Information and digital literacy course comprising of six 2 hour workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed primarily at new PhD students </li></ul><ul><li>Builds up skills over programme </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist advice and support from liaison librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Taught by CLT / Library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Supported online in Moodle </li></ul>
  11. 12. Course contents <ul><li>Week 1: Starting a literature search </li></ul><ul><li>Week 2: Going beyond Google </li></ul><ul><li>Week 3: Locating research publications </li></ul><ul><li>Week 4: Specialist materials: primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Week 5: Managing information </li></ul><ul><li>Week 6: Next steps and keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Overview on LSE Library website </li></ul>
  12. 13. Course structure <ul><li>Pre-course assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Activity based workshops all in computer classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Support in Moodle but primarily F2F </li></ul><ul><li>Based around SCONUL 7 pillars and designed (and redesigned) to support student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Post course evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored feedback given to each student </li></ul>
  13. 14. What next at LSE? <ul><li>Draft information and digital literacy strategy needs to be adopted </li></ul><ul><li>More closely align training programmes to the Researcher Development Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to work collaboratively with other training providers across LSE to avoid duplication and better target training </li></ul><ul><li>Follow on course to MI512 </li></ul><ul><li>Further evaluation of impact of LSE100 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Useful references <ul><li>Jones, C, Ramanau, R, Cross, S and Healing, G (2010) ‘Net generation or Digital Natives: Is there a distinct new generation entering university?’, Computers & Education , 54, (3) , 722-732. </li></ul><ul><li>Margaryan, A and Littlejohn, A. (2009). Are digital natives a myth or reality? Students use of technologies for learning. Available at: gcal pdf (Accessed 2nd June 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Rowlands, I. et al ‘The Google generation: the information behaviour of the researcher of the future’, Aslib Proceedings New Information Perspectives , 60, (4) 290-310. </li></ul><ul><li>SCONUL (2011) The SCONUL 7 Pillars Core model. Available at: http://www. sconul .ac. uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_pillars .html </li></ul><ul><li>Secker, Jane and Macrae-Gibson, Rowena. (2011) Evaluating MI512: an information literacy course for PhD students. Library Review , 60 (2). pp. 96-107. ISSN 0024-2535. Available at: http: //eprints . lse </li></ul><ul><li>Secker, Jane and Chatzigavriil, Athina and Leape, Jonathan (2010) The impact of technologies in a first year undergraduate course for social scientists. In: European Conference on E-learning (ECEL 2010), 4 - 5th November 2010, Porto, Portugal. Available at: http: //eprints . lse </li></ul>
  15. 16. Contact details <ul><li>Email j. [email_address] .ac. uk </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter @jsecker </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Blog http: //elearning . lse .ac. uk/blogs/socialsoftware/ </li></ul><ul><li>DELILA Project Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http: //delilaopen . wordpress .com </li></ul><ul><li>Arcadia Fellow for Easter Term based at Wolfson College / CARET so do get in touch! </li></ul>