Student Content Evaluation UC & R April 2009

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Power point presentation detailing research to develop student content evaluation tool for use with online communities. Presented at U C & R meeting at De Montfort University 28th April 2009

Power point presentation detailing research to develop student content evaluation tool for use with online communities. Presented at U C & R meeting at De Montfort University 28th April 2009

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  • Good morning, I would like to tell you about the research informed teaching award work I have been engaged in with colleagues from the faculty of technology. The project has worked to develop online workshops……and I shall expand on that as we go along. Unfortunately, Lucy and Mike are unable to be with us today , so you will be getting a Librarian’s perspective on this. If you wonder about the image of the mortar board and scroll it is there to represent the graduate nature of the required content evaluation skills.

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  • 1. Using online workshops to enhance student content evaluation skills for VLE learning communities De Montfort University RITA project 2008 – 2009 Mike Leigh, Lucy Mathers & Kaye Towlson
  • 2. Session coverage
    • Background
    • Methodology
    • Results
    • Connections
    • Future Applications
  • 3. Background
    • Cross faculty/department RITA bid
    • Build on work of previous RITA funded project by Mike Leigh and Lucy Mathers
      • revealed a significant gap between information evaluation skills acknowledged by students and those manifest in work.
    • Wanted to develop an evaluative framework and publish on VLE for use when posting selected subject materials.
  • 4. Methodology: Strand 1 Lectures and Labs
    • Embedded in curriculum.
      • 2 different modules
    • Similar assessment task
      • group or individual wiki
      • Post material, mainly from the internet to aid understanding of a negotiated topic.
      • Evaluate material posted.
    • Group or peer evaluation of material
      • article review
  • 5. Methodology Strand 1 Lectures and Labs
    • Session re: information evaluation
      • “ Skill for life”, real life examples, 5W’s, 4C’s
    • Lab sessions run to enable the creation and development of wikis
    • Lab sessions run to enable peer evaluation of articles followed by feedback
  • 6. Development of ISEM
    • Anecdotal feedback reveals improvement in quality of materials posted
    • Used criteria specified in info evaluation sessions (5 W’s) to develop Information Source Evaluation Matrix (ISEM)
    • Needed to test ISEM
  • 7. Methodology Strand 2: UG and PG Workshops
    • Self-assessment of info evaluation skills (Likert Scale) “before and after”
    • Presentation/ refresher of the “5 Ws”
    • Intro to the ISEM
    • Application of ISEM to subject specific material
    • Revised self-assessment
    • Comments on ISEM application
  • 8. Workshop Results 1 UG and PG ISEM Feedback
    • Use of the ISEM positively received by UGs and PGs
    • All engaged with the matrix, its purpose and application
    • Recognition of importance of relevance and reliability
    • Some criteria valued more than others
  • 9. Workshop results 2 Suggestions for ISEM improvement
    • All suggestions were positive
    • Some suggested a variation in points allocation to reflect importance of individual criteria
    • Use of colour coding
    • Inclusion of space for annotations, especially useful for future comparison
    • Inclusion of space for citation
  • 10. Connections
    • With existing work:
      • Learner developed wiki of sources for module
      • UCPD: Researching business information
    • Working with different communities
      • Academics and students from Faculty of Technology
    • Doing library stuff but not as “The Library”…student engagement
    • Confirmations….smugness not allowed
  • 11. Project Results… so far
    • Project aim : To develop an evaluative framework, publish on VLE for use when posting selected subject materials.
    • ISEM is offered as the pilot framework
    • Self-assessment Likert Scale to be adjusted in the light of workshops
    • Clear potential for developing information evaluation skills as matrix clearly raises awareness and forces application
  • 12. Future Applications
    • Develop online tools, make available via VLE
      • Offer as a generic tool?
    • Scope for future research:
      • Application and implication of ISEM in different subject areas and at different levels
      • May identify key criteria for specific subject areas