A New Curriculum for Information Literacy: JISC-RSC, York, Oct 2011


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A description and overview of the 'New Curriculum for Information Literacy' project research (Cambridge, May-July 2011). Presentation given at the JISC Regional Support Centre 'Empowering the Digital Native' conference, 20 October 2011.

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A New Curriculum for Information Literacy: JISC-RSC, York, Oct 2011

  1. 1. A New Curriculum forInformation Literacy Jane Secker & Emma Coonan Image: ‘Tulip staircase at the Queens House, Greenwich’ by mcginnly, flickr.com
  2. 2. The Arcadia Programme• Based at Cambridge University Library• Academic advisor: John Naughton• Exploring the role of academic libraries in a digital age • 20 Arcadia Fellows in 3 years • Many from outside Cambridge, not all librarians
  3. 3. Our research remit:Develop a new, revolutionary curriculum for information literacy in a digital age
  4. 4. Our research remit:Develop a new, revolutionary curriculum forinformation literacy in a digital age Aims: • Understand the needs of undergraduates entering HE over the coming 5 years • Map the current landscape of information literacy • Develop practical curriculum and supporting resources
  5. 5. MethodModified Delphi study means of obtaining expert future forecasting consulted widely in the fields of information and educationLiterature review theoretical overview of the field revealed conflicts in terminology, pedagogic approach, valuesExpert workshop method, findings and preliminary curriculum presented curriculum refined in light of feedback
  6. 6. What our experts said…Format and structure of Modular, flexiblethe curriculum holistic, embedded, Relevant to students Online / face to faceActive learning: discussion and reflection Teaching style and Training > Teaching method of delivery When? Who teaches?
  7. 7. And don’t forget…. Assessment Use of audits Meaningful assessment Learning outcomes How to market IL to different audiences Marketing / hooks Aligning the curriculum content to discipline specific knowledge, skills and behaviour
  8. 8. Rehabilitating information literacyIL is not:• seen as part of the mainstream academic mission• merely functional/technological skills• the preserve or saviour of the libraryIL is:• a continuum of skills, abilities, values and attitudes around analysing, evaluating, managing and assimilating information• fundamental to the ongoing development of the individual, social as well as academic
  9. 9. “Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and createinformation 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.” UNESCO (2005) Alexandria Proclamation
  10. 10. Our key curriculum attributesHolistic – supporting the whole research processModular – ongoing ‘building blocks’ forming a learning spiralEmbedded within the context of the academic disciplineFlexible – not tied to a specific staff roleActive and assessed – including peer assessment Transitional : Transferable : Transformational
  11. 11. Curriculum strands1. Transition from school to higher education2. Becoming an independent learner3. Developing academic literacies4. Mapping and evaluating the information landscape5. Resource discovery in your discipline6. Managing information7. Ethical dimension of information8. Presenting and communicating knowledge9. Synthesising information and creating new knowledge10. Social dimension of information literacy
  12. 12. Using the curriculum The strands cover 5 broad learning categories, from functional skills up to high-level intellectual operations Classes can incorporate multiple strands at the same level Classes should be active, reflective, relevant to student need You could use the curriculum to audit your own (or your institution’s) training provision
  13. 13. Careers Unit Alumni Office Student Services Learning Development Research Support Unit Student ambassadors International Office Disability Unit Student Services Careers Unit Faculty Research Support UnitLearning Development Faculty Faculty Learning Development Faculty Library Library Faculty Library Library Student ambassadors
  14. 14. How would YOU implement theNew Curriculum for InformationLiteracy at your own institution?
  15. 15. ANCIL outputs, July 2011 Executive summary Curriculum and supporting documents ‘Teaching learning: perceptions of information literacy‘ (theoretical background) Expert consultation reportFree to download at http://newcurriculum.wordpress.com/
  16. 16. Next steps, October 2011 ‘Strategies for implementing the Curriculum for Information Literacy’ Dr Helen Webster & Katy Wrathall Arcadia Fellows, Oct-Dec 2011http://arcadiaproject.lib.cam.ac.uk/projects/strategies-for-implementation.html
  17. 17. Thank you!Jane Secker & Emma Coonan