Thompson & Snowden - From search to research; linking Information Literacy and critical thinking skills
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  • 1. From search toresearch: LinkingInformation Literacyand critical thinkingskillsEmma ThompsonSimon Snowden
  • 2. Context• 2008 First semester, first year undergraduate module in e-business (30 students)• Students not reading academic resources• Dependence on free sources of information• Low module grades
  • 3. What we did – Year 1• Seminar – Information Literacy in context• Seminar – academic reading and criticalthinking• Hands on Workshop• Introduction of the H2O Playlist tool
  • 4. What the students did• reading for the assignment• creation of assessed Playlist with reflections• written assignment• and... continued use of H2O beyond this
  • 5. H2O Playlisthttp://h2obeta.law.harvard.edu/“a shared list of readings andother content about a topic ofintellectual interest”
  • 6. Student playlist
  • 7. Tutor comments
  • 8. Analysis of each article found
  • 9. What we did – Year 2• Seminar – What’s new in the Library• Seminar – Mindmapping• Hands on Workshop• Introduction of RefWorks
  • 10. What we did – Year 3• Seminar – What’s new in the Library• Hands on Workshop• Researching companies – for assignmentsand job-hunting
  • 11. 3rd year Student Feedback:“The skills that I developed as an eBusinessfirst year student, in terms of researchingand reading articles, are what I consider tobe the most important that I have taken fromthe degree programme. I am confident nowin writing about any subject based on myability to explore the problem and effectivelyresearch the problem.”
  • 12. Conclusions• Information Literacy by Stealth... through partnership with academic staff• Students engaged when IL is in context• We need to promote IL for employability
  • 13. Next Steps• H20 Playlist not developing - other Tools? (E.g. Zotero, Noodle tools)• Application in other subjects?• How do we scale up this success for largermodules?
  • 14. Any Questions?emma.thompson@liv.ac.uk@libraryemmassnowden@liv.ac.uk