Walton - Assessing the journey: online conversation as a means of active learning in information literacy
Assessing the journey: onlineconversation as a means of activelearning in information literacy Geoff WaltonSenior Researcher (I-ACT) &Academic Skills Tutor Librarian(Information Services) Staffordshire University LILAC Glasgow 12th April 2012
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The PlanStart with my theory and my theory alone The blended learning and teaching interventionstructure In their own words – what did the studentsactually think about this process? What did the students actually do? OnlinediscourseThe evidenceBack to the discourse – can we assess it – isthere enough in student postings to determineinformation literacy learning?Final thoughtsAny questions?
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The blended learning and teaching interventionstructure for the core module...Research and professional development in sport& exercise level 4
Small group work Problems to solve or questions to answer Learning by doing – tasks – hands-on etc Involves behaviour, thinking, negotiating meaning with others, reflecting Discourse between students Discourse between tutor and students Visible outputs by students which are routinely recognised by the tutor and shared with the group Formal assessment
Students submit 500 word essay in induction week in answer to a question such as – “What defines success in sport?” Essay marked and returned within 2 weeks Weeks 6, 7 and 8 submit 800 word assignment for online peer assessment Week 12 submit final 1500 word assignment
Week Lecture Workshop 1 Introduction to the module Reflecting on the essay process 2 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Learning Styles 3 Developing Research Skills Using e-resources 4 Plagiarism and Referencing Internet based session 5 Writing Styles (1): The written word Understanding plagiarism and referencing 6 Writing Styles (2): Report Writing, Online Peer assessment: Essay introduction Reading and Summarising 7 Assessment, feedback and revision Online Peer assessment: Essay main body 8 Introduction to Qualitative Research OnlinePeer assessment: Essay conclusion and bibliography 9 Introduction to Quantitative Research Qualitative Methodologies - choosing the right methodology 10 Qualitative Research (2) Quantitative Methodologies – becoming acquainted with statistical concepts 11 Quantitative Research (2) Working with Qualitative / Quantitative data 12 Module summary Working with Qualitative / Quantitative data
112 students in 7 online tutor groups (2007-08) 111 students in 7 online tutor groups (2008-09) 162 students in 8 online tutor groups (2009-10) 171 students In 10 online tutor groups (2010-11) 159 students in 9 online tutor groups (2011-12) Week 1 Activity Discussion concentrated on the Essay Introduction Week 2 Activity Discussion focused on the Essay Main Body Week 3 Activity Discussion centred on the Essay Conclusion and references Within groups students expected initially to post comments in pairs
Forum – Peer Assessment Thread - Students posted their draft essay Seed – What are the criteria for writing a good assignment? Task - Read criteria for good essay structure Resource - Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) step 9 Task - Make comments, give feedback to fellow students and discuss issues Diversity of tutor behaviour Some summarised discussion and posted this before next session only Some participated in ongoing discussion and posted a summary
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Multiple contributions by many students. Every student made at least one contribution.
The evidence? Grades taken for 500 word and 1500 word submissionsStatistical test indicated a significant differencebetween students’ performance (n=32) on thetwo assignments (t (1, 74) = 11.380, p<.001).For assignment one, the mean across bothgroups was 40.22% with a standard deviation of6.50; for assignment two, the mean across bothgroups was 57.92% with a standard deviation of7.05. An increase of TWO grade points!!
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Needles in haystacks or an embarrassment of riches? Task: In the handout there is a real extract from a discussion board activity. Try to mark some of the discourse using the criteria. You are looking for evidence of learning within the student postings Be ready to discuss your thoughts and feelings regarding the exercise Handout contains - Text of the IL theory, extract of online discourse, a marking scheme and the module programme
• Staff feedback very positive.• Students enjoy it.• Students comfortable with online social networking environment.• Research indicates usable generic template for online discourse.• Potential to assess online discourse?
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