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Directions in Information Literacy


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A recent (ish) presentation I gave on directions in information literacy

Directions in Information Literacy

  1. 1. Directions in Information Literacy Alan Carbery twitter: @acarbery Blog:
  2. 2. Information Literacy Through Inquiry: Teaching IL using PBL & POGIL
  3. 3. Creativity in the Classroom
  4. 4. By using non-traditional teaching and learning methods, we can create a dynamic and engaging learning environment for our users - and us as teachers
  5. 5. Students play a key role in the learning process
  6. 6. Students attend IL sessions with valid information- seeking experiences & preconceived ideas about their information behaviors
  7. 7. By exposing students‟ to their IL assumptions, we can create a contextual & meaningful learning experience
  8. 8. Guided inquiry is planned, targeted, supervisedintervention at critical points in the inquiry process that fosters deep personal learning (Kuhlthau, 2010, pp. 4)
  9. 9. We should teach IL as aprocess, not as a product
  10. 10. „I wouldn’t have thought to brainstorm my topic before now, but I will try to from now on‟ Student Feedback
  11. 11. During the brainstorming,I noticed a shift fromhazy, abstract anduncertainty, towardssome clearer idea of thetopic at hand.
  12. 12. A 2011 study by Holman states that IL teachingshould not focus on teaching students to conduct complex database searching
  13. 13. Instead, problem-solving methods should be used to highlight ineffective search strategies and provide learning opportunities to tackle these problems.
  14. 14. Assessment & Information Literacy
  15. 15. “Perhaps if the trigger itself was linked to aproject, & you were able to tie-in & actuallydemonstrably show, based on evidence, how itactually worked in practice” Peer Observer Feedback
  16. 16. In the 2011 ANCIL report, Secker and Coonanrecognized the difficulty in summatively assessingIL, but offer techniques such as peer assessmentand reflection as key elements.
  17. 17. eLearning & Information Literacy
  18. 18. Online & hybrid Learning is listed as one of the ACRL‟s top trends in academic libraries for 2012 ACRL Research Planning & Review Committee (2012)
  19. 19. Online tools and platforms, like MOOCs now, add to our skill set and extend how we teach … Butwhen deployed wisely and carefully, have the potential to enhance the great things the academy offers CHE (2012), What‟s the matter with MOOCs?
  20. 20. Online IL elements offer useful reinforcement forstudents who need immediate help at a specific time (such as an approaching essay deadline) Secker & Coonan, 2011, ANCIL
  21. 21. A Teaching (Librarian) Identity
  22. 22. I don‟t recall ever having similar discussions with students in any previous IL session before this. Immediately I feel like my teaching experience has been enriched and enhanced
  23. 23. “The most challenging aspect of incorporatingPBL into one‟s teaching repertoire is taking on the role of guide, facilitator or tutor...
  24. 24. As the learning activity becomes user-centered, the librarian must step aside to allow the students to take responsibility for their own learning” Kenney, 2008
  25. 25. Let’s take a long,(sometimes hard) look inthe mirror