How to integrate Information and Technical Literacy into your classes
Information literacy helps form the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and: extend their investigations become more self-directed assume greater control over their own learning
Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.
Determine the extent of information needed Access the needed information effectively and efficiently Evaluate information and its sources critically Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally ACRL - Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompet ency.cfm#ildef
Increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. In addition, information is available through multiple media, including graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding it
Library skills – the mechanism of how to use a resource for an answer Computer skills – how to use a computer Not just learning facts….but learning to learn One 50-minute orientation to the Library Being told what piece of information to find…in what exact source…and copying it onto a paper
A person that understands with increasing sophistication what technology is, how it is created, how it shapes society, and in turn is shaped by society is technologically literate. A technologically literate person is comfortable with and objective about the use of technology - neither scared of it nor infatuated with it. A technologically literate person has a range of hands- on skills, such as using a computer for word processing and surfing the Internet. International Technology Education Association: Standards for Technological Literacy http://www.iteaconnect.org/TAA/PDFs/Execsum.pdf
Implies evaluation or use of critical thinking skills What is a student’s definition of a credible source? What is an instructor’s definition of a credible source?
Their version of credible may not be your version of credible Sometimes research requires Google Encourage students to use at least one web source in their projects Invite the librarians to come and talk about credibility Require students to use an evaluation matrix for one of their sources Partner with the librarians to help evaluate student sources
Students identify and evaluate information for their needs Engages critical thinking skills It is an everyday daily life skill Correlates to all disciplines and fields of study
Partner on evaluating sources and bibliographies used in papers Help add Info & Tech Literacy components into your existing assignments Clear copyright for you on course materials Identify Open Education Resources to assist in teaching Purchase the needed materials for the library collection that you need for your classes/assignments Provide orientations…these work best if we have your assignment to build from Deliver online/video tutorials and streaming live orientations for all classes (online or face-to-face)
Schedule more than one, 50-minute orientation (2 workshops are better than 1) Be clear about your assignment mandates and the resources/parameters you expect your students to use Be willing to share your students’ work with us so we can score their bibliographies on our rubric…only way we know if we are doing a good job and what can be done better Stay with your classes during orientations so we can bring your input into the discussions