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A New Curriculum for Information Literacy Dr Jane Secker & Dr Emma Coonan Sheffield Hallam University, 24 th  January 2012...
The Arcadia Programme <ul><li>Based at Cambridge University Library </li></ul><ul><li>Academic advisor: Prof. John Naughto...
Our research remit: Develop a new, revolutionary curriculum for information literacy in a digital age
Aims: in 10 weeks <ul><li>Understand the needs of undergraduates entering HE over the coming 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Map...
Method <ul><li>Modified Delphi study  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>means of obtaining expert future forecasting </li></ul></ul><u...
What do we mean by  information literacy? Digital fluency
 
Rehabilitating information literacy <ul><li>IL is: </li></ul><ul><li>a continuum of skills, abilities, values and attitude...
“ Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to a...
The expert consultation <ul><li>Consulted librarians, researchers, educators, trainee teachers, school librarians </li></u...
What our experts said… Modular, flexible holistic, embedded, Relevant to students Format and structure of the curriculum O...
And don’t forget…. Use of audits Meaningful assessment  Learning outcomes How to market IL  to different audiences Assessm...
Our key curriculum attributes <ul><li>Holistic – supporting the whole research process </li></ul><ul><li>Modular – ongoing...
Curriculum strands <ul><li>Transition from school to higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming an independent learner </...
 
Information literacy  is a   continuum of skills,  behaviours, approaches and values that is so deeply entwined with the u...
Phase 2, October - December 2011 ‘ Strategies for implementing the  Curriculum for Information Literacy’  Dr Helen Webster...
 
 
 
<ul><li>Embedding information literacy learning at Sheffield Hallam </li></ul><ul><li>…  tell us more! </li></ul>
ANCIL outputs <ul><li>Phase 1 reports </li></ul><ul><li>Executive summary, expert consultation report, and theoretical bac...
Thank you Image:  ‘Tulip staircase at the Queens House, Greenwich’  by  mcginnly, flickr.com
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ANCIL at Sheffield Hallam

  1. 1. A New Curriculum for Information Literacy Dr Jane Secker & Dr Emma Coonan Sheffield Hallam University, 24 th January 2012 10-12pm
  2. 2. The Arcadia Programme <ul><li>Based at Cambridge University Library </li></ul><ul><li>Academic advisor: Prof. John Naughton </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the role of academic libraries in a digital age </li></ul><ul><li>20 Arcadia Fellows in 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Many from outside Cambridge, not all librarians </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our research remit: Develop a new, revolutionary curriculum for information literacy in a digital age
  4. 4. Aims: in 10 weeks <ul><li>Understand the needs of undergraduates entering HE over the coming 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Map the current landscape of information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Develop practical curriculum and supporting resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Method <ul><li>Modified Delphi study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>means of obtaining expert future forecasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consulted widely in the fields of information and education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>theoretical overview of the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>revealed conflicts in terminology, pedagogic approach, values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expert workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>method, findings and preliminary curriculum presented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>curriculum refined in light of feedback </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What do we mean by information literacy? Digital fluency
  7. 8. Rehabilitating information literacy <ul><li>IL is: </li></ul><ul><li>a continuum of skills, abilities, values and attitudes around analysing, evaluating, managing and assimilating information </li></ul><ul><li>fundamental to the ongoing development of the individual, social as well as academic </li></ul><ul><li>IL is not: </li></ul><ul><li>seen as part of the mainstream academic mission </li></ul><ul><li>merely functional/technological skills </li></ul><ul><li>the preserve or saviour of the library </li></ul>
  8. 9. “ Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information 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
  9. 10. The expert consultation <ul><li>Consulted librarians, researchers, educators, trainee teachers, school librarians </li></ul><ul><li>How you teach at least as important as what you teach </li></ul><ul><li>Must be embedded into the academic curriculum and disciplines will vary </li></ul><ul><li>Must be based on real needs: students are not homogeneous </li></ul><ul><li>Must be opportunities for reflection </li></ul>
  10. 11. What our experts said… Modular, flexible holistic, embedded, Relevant to students Format and structure of the curriculum Online / face to face Active learning: discussion and reflection Training > Teaching Teaching style and method of delivery Who teaches? When?
  11. 12. And don’t forget…. Use of audits Meaningful assessment Learning outcomes How to market IL to different audiences Assessment Marketing / hooks Aligning the curriculum content to discipline specific knowledge, skills and behaviour
  12. 13. Our key curriculum attributes <ul><li>Holistic – supporting the whole research process </li></ul><ul><li>Modular – ongoing ‘building blocks’ forming a learning spiral </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded within the context of the academic discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible – not tied to a specific staff role </li></ul><ul><li>Active and assessed – including peer assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional : Transferable : Transformational </li></ul>
  13. 14. Curriculum strands <ul><li>Transition from school to higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming an independent learner </li></ul><ul><li>Developing academic literacies </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping and evaluating the information landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Resource discovery in your discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Managing information </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical dimension of information </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting and communicating knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesising information and creating new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Social dimension of information literacy </li></ul>
  14. 16. Information literacy is a continuum of skills, behaviours, approaches and values that is so deeply entwined with the uses of information as to be a fundamental element of learning, scholarship and research. It is the defining characteristic of the discerning scholar, the informed and judicious citizen, and the autonomous learner. ANCIL definition of information literacy (2011)
  15. 17. Phase 2, October - December 2011 ‘ Strategies for implementing the Curriculum for Information Literacy’ Dr Helen Webster & Katy Wrathall Arcadia Fellows, Oct-Dec 2011 http://arcadiaproject.lib.cam.ac.uk/projects/strategies-for-implementation.html
  16. 21. <ul><li>Embedding information literacy learning at Sheffield Hallam </li></ul><ul><li>… tell us more! </li></ul>
  17. 22. ANCIL outputs <ul><li>Phase 1 reports </li></ul><ul><li>Executive summary, expert consultation report, and theoretical background </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum and supporting documents </li></ul><ul><li>http://newcurriculum.wordpress.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 resources and case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies - University of Worcester, York St John University </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://implementingancil.pbworks.com </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube Video </li></ul><ul><li>Search for “ANCIL curriculum” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY-V2givIiE </li></ul>
  18. 23. Thank you Image: ‘Tulip staircase at the Queens House, Greenwich’ by mcginnly, flickr.com

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