PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Coleg Llandrillo Cymru and Swansea College  Inspiring Learning...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project Aims – service (macro) level <ul><li>To map the ILFA t...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project Aims – delivery (micro) level <ul><li>To develop model...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project rationale <ul><ul><li>Need for better advocacy for, an...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Changing nature of FE LRS provision <ul><li>Changing pattern o...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Reader Development initiatives <ul><li>Classroom visits </li><...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Information Literacy/Skills initiatives <ul><li>Innovative ind...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU E-Learning initiatives <ul><li>Use of VLE, Intranet or Interne...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Difficulties <ul><li>No existing FE research in this area  </l...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Using the MLA GLOs has had a positive imp...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><ul><li>The LRS is no longer seen as confined to ...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><li>The project has confirmed the hypothesis that...
PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU What next? <ul><li>New project examining Generic Social Outcom...
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  • Coleg Llandrillo Cymru is a large general FE college over 20,000 learners (including 1,600 HE students) wide range of abilities from entry level to postgrad Planning &amp; Standards – Quality arm of the College Our first project with Swansea College looking at how the ILFA framework could be applied to FE – particularly GLOs
  • Ilfa Project CyMAL Inspiring Learning conference

    1. 1. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Coleg Llandrillo Cymru and Swansea College Inspiring Learning project: Using the MLA’s ILFA framework to evaluate learning outcomes from the use of FE learning resource services Dr Andrew Eynon, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru [email_address]
    2. 2. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project Aims – service (macro) level <ul><li>To map the ILFA to the Estyn Common Inspection Framework </li></ul><ul><li>To map Coleg Llandrillo Cymru’s & Swansea College’s library services to the ‘processes’ section of the ILFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To participate in the MLA’s ILFA in FE pilot </li></ul>
    3. 3. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project Aims – delivery (micro) level <ul><li>To develop models of delivery for FE library services engaged in the following types of library activity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reader Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy/skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To identify best practice in the delivery and evaluation of similar FE library initiatives in Wales and the rest of the UK </li></ul><ul><li>To develop a narrative based research methodology to evaluate the learning outcomes from these activities </li></ul><ul><li>To map the evaluation of these initiatives to the ILFA Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs) </li></ul>
    4. 4. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Project rationale <ul><ul><li>Need for better advocacy for, and promotion of, LRSs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LRS not LRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on support role of library staff and not physical resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to find an evaluative model that fits FE rather than use inappropriate HE models e.g. SCONUL 7 pillars model of information literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take advantage of funding changes – course hours now includes use of libraries and ICT/workshop facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information skills focused on the users’ needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take advantage of project funding </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Changing nature of FE LRS provision <ul><li>Changing pattern of use of LRCs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Declining use of print based resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased use of ICT/electronic resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change in study styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to engage with different types of learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changing role of LRS staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline in traditional professional activities e.g. stock selection, classifying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline in traditional para-professional activities e.g. book processing, cataloguing, enquiry work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing skills requirement for LRS staff at all levels e.g. teaching skills, advocacy skills </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Reader Development initiatives <ul><li>Classroom visits </li></ul><ul><li>Reading groups – English Literature, ESOL </li></ul><ul><li>Displays and other promotional activities </li></ul><ul><li>Use of national hooks e.g. Big Read, World Book Day, BBC Raw </li></ul><ul><li>Involving ILS learners in stock selection </li></ul><ul><li>Sneaky reading </li></ul><ul><li>Developing stock –easy readers, basic skills (e.g. vital link) material, multimedia resources (e.g. W F Howes packs) </li></ul>
    7. 7. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Information Literacy/Skills initiatives <ul><li>Innovative inductions e.g. Cephalonian method </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of search engines – search strategies on Google, Google Image, Google scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Library skills – use of OPAC, Dewey </li></ul><ul><li>Study skills – report writing, essay writing, time management, critical thinking, bibliographies, citations/referencing </li></ul><ul><li>Research skills – research methodology, data analysis, questionnaire design </li></ul><ul><li>Use of electronic resources – Athens, subject gateways, internet tutorials, online datasets </li></ul>
    8. 8. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU E-Learning initiatives <ul><li>Use of VLE, Intranet or Internet to deliver aforementioned reader development or information skills/literacy developments </li></ul><ul><li>Use of e-learning to support distance learners </li></ul><ul><li>Use of e-learning to support specific curriculum initiatives e.g. Welsh Bac </li></ul><ul><li>Development of information skills course for Moodle </li></ul>
    9. 9. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Difficulties <ul><li>No existing FE research in this area </li></ul><ul><li>Buy-in from teaching staff (this has been excellent at Llandrillo) </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative surveys are session specific </li></ul><ul><li>Focus groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicable to all initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must elicit responses which can be mapped to GLOs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No model for level of achievement (SCONUL 7 pillars model too advanced) </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to measure distance travelled </li></ul>
    10. 10. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Using the MLA GLOs has had a positive impact on raising the profile of the LRS by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Establishing closer links with the curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> By being seen as more responsive to the demands of the curriculum and learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By providing advocacy tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By providing direct evidence from learners and tutors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The initiatives engaged in have promoted the LRS and have had positive impacts: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased awareness of services and facilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased usage </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><ul><li>The LRS is no longer seen as confined to the LRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasized role of LRS staff have in supporting learning and that the service is not merely one of resource providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not yet taken advantage of funding changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The initiatives have been user focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have targeted non-traditional users with great success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has demonstrated the ‘value added’ aspects of FE LRS provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created new learning environments </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU Outcomes <ul><li>The project has confirmed the hypothesis that the role of LRS staff is changing at all levels and that there is a need to acquire new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Although there is an increased emphasis on ICT and electronic resources within college LRSs this can in fact complement traditional library activities rather than replace them </li></ul><ul><li>The project has demonstrated that LRSs can and do engage with new and different types of learners </li></ul><ul><li>The project has demonstrated the value of the methodology in terms of the additional feedback that it is possible to gather through focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating student perception is regarded as an acceptable form of measuring the impact of services on the key college PIs </li></ul>
    13. 13. PLANNING & STANDARDS Inspiring Learning CYNLLUNIO A SAFONAU What next? <ul><li>New project examining Generic Social Outcomes in the FE context </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying target groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redefining framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of detail compared to ILFA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapped activities to the GSOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revised focus group questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging with learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSO Activities linked to national agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The future: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the impact of Library 2.0/Web 2.0 initiatives on GLO/GSOs </li></ul></ul>

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