Exploring information literacy through inquiry


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This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the
relationship between inquiry-based learning and information literacy
(IL). Participants will reflect on their own IL competencies using the
SCONUL ‘Seven Pillars’ model of IL. We will then discuss how IL as
defined by the Seven Pillars can support inquiry in student learning in
HE. Several CILASS-funded curriculum development projects have
featured a strong focus on the development of IL competencies through
inquiry. A group exercise will invite participants to design inquiry-based
activities to build IL in response to the same scenarios that have
prompted the development of CILASS projects.

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Exploring information literacy through inquiry

  1. 1. Exploring Information Literacy through inquiry The University of Sheffield Information Literacy Network Sheila Corrall Pam McKinney Lyn Parker
  2. 2. Session Outline <ul><li>Brief introduction to Information Literacy and the IL Network </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Seven Pillars’ of Information Literacy competency analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of how the ‘Seven Pillars’ model can support IBL in Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Learning design task: build IL through inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on learning design </li></ul>
  3. 3. Learning Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Increased familiarity with the scope of Information Literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An awareness of own IL competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An enhanced understanding of the relationship between IL and IBL </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Information Literacy? Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals www.cilip.org.uk/policyadvocacy/informationliteracy/definition/default.htm
  5. 5. The Information Literacy Network CILASS Academics Department of Information Studies Library Information Literacy Network
  6. 6. Information Literacy and Inquiry <ul><li>Information literacy skills equip students with the means to conduct independent inquiry and put them on the path to lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>The development of strong IL capabilities is fundamental to the success of inquiry based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Information access and processing skills (such as using electronic resources to search for information) are a pre-requisite for students undertaking an IBL curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Students build ‘higher order’ IL capabilities in critical thinking, evaluation, synthesis, communication and knowledge-creation through inquiry </li></ul>
  7. 8. IL competency mapping exercise <ul><li>Map your own IL competencies on the scales provided </li></ul><ul><li>Map the average level 1 student on the scales provided </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: Where are the gaps and what does this mean for IBL? </li></ul>
  8. 9. IL through IBL design activity <ul><li>The department is concerned about students using poor quality non-academic information resources at level one. </li></ul><ul><li>It has asked for help in designing an IBL activity that small groups of students could do in the first 8 weeks of semester one to help build information evaluation skills. </li></ul><ul><li>The department is keen to exploit new media and Web2.0 technologies as students will be expected to use these technologies in other areas of the course. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 120 students working in groups of 4, and the activity will form 25% of the module mark . </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Information Literacy Network <ul><li>Professor Sheila Corrall </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Pamela McKinney </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Lyn Parker </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>