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Ecil2015 Metropolia Best Practice

Best Practise presentation by Annamari Ikonen and Kaisu Sallasmaa presented at the
European Conference on Information Literacy, Tallinn, October 2015.

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Ecil2015 Metropolia Best Practice

  1. 1. Librarians and English teachers join forces in information literacy training for better learning results Annamari Ikonen and Kaisu Sallasmaa European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2015) Tallinn, Estonia 19-22 October 2015
  2. 2. Metropolia in brief  A multidisciplinary university of applied sciences, the largest in Finland  Operating out of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa  16,500 students  2,370 Bachelor’s and 290 Master’s graduates in 2014  Staff 1,080  Four fields of study:  Culture  Business  Health Care and Social Services  Technology 22ECIL 2015
  3. 3.  Workshops for 3rd year technology students.  Aim: to find quality sources for a report. Joint librarian-teacher workshops ECIL 2015 3
  4. 4. Hands-on workshop in two phases Phase 1: KEYWORDS Librarian: ▪ The importance of keywords and how to choose them. Students: ▪ Create a concept map to generate keywords. English teacher: ▪ Helps the students with the vocabulary. Phase 2: DATABASES & SEARCHING Librarian: ▪ Introduces the most suitable databases for the research. ▪ Guides students to use databases. Students: ▪ Find sources for the report. English teacher: ▪ Helps the students with the vocabulary. ▪ Helps to evaluate credibility of sources. 4ECIL 2015
  5. 5. What have we achieved? ECIL 2015 5
  6. 6. Librarians and English teachers – what do we have in common? ▪ Similar education backgrounds -> easy to communicate. ▪ IL training session & English classes: both separate from professional studies. ▪ Professional interests: ▪ Enhancing the quality of theses. ▪ Teaching critical evaluation skills. ECIL 2015 6
  7. 7. Impact of the workshops
  8. 8. How did we measure impact? ▪ Four workshops Jan-Feb 2015 ▪ Two questionnaires, before and after the workshop ECIL 2015 8
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  13. 13. What the students said? ECIL 2015 13
  14. 14. Conclusion
  15. 15. Final thoughts What we learned from the survey ▪ Workshop focus should be kept on keywords & source material evaluation. ▪ Electronic resources and remote access need more promotion. What kind of impact have the workshops had? ▪ They provide students an opportunity to gain better research skills prior to thesis writing. ▪ Workshops have become an important part of IL training for technology students. What we’ll do next ▪ Plan online course material for the use of English teachers. ▪ Provide training on e-resources for new English teachers. ECIL 2015 15
  16. 16. THANK YOU! ▪ metropolia.fi/en/services/library/ ▪ libguides.metropolia.fi/ > Library Training Services

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