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Bark & Martin - Essential information skills for researchers: a collaborative project to develop an online, open access resource


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Bark & Martin - Essential information skills for researchers: a collaborative project to develop an online, open access resource

  1. 1. Essential information skills for  researchers: A collaborative project to develop an online,  open access resource.  Chris Bark, Coventry University Liz Martin, De Montfort University
  2. 2. Content Who we are Project history and methods Perceptions and needs ‐ our recent findings Pilot module content Demo  Taking a collaborative approach ‐ benefits and challenges Next steps
  3. 3. Who we are... East Midlands Research Support Group: Loughborough, Nottingham, De Montfort, Leicester,  Coventry, Northampton and Warwick EMRSG Project consortium: Loughborough, Nottingham, Coventry, De Montfort 
  4. 4. Information handling skills for researchers  project: Why? Observation of the information handling skills of researchers at all levels Increasing internal push for online learning objects Discussions at a regional library event (Emalink) Desire for re‐usable suite of generic tutorials Prevent us all reinventing the wheel
  5. 5. Project Timetable Autumn 2009: First meeting Jan 2010: Funding & initial planning Spring: Review of current products Summer: Surveys of researchers attitudes to learning &  information skills, plus interviews Autumn: Design & authoring tool selection Jan‐May 2011: Construction of content May: Evaluation of pilot units Summer: Editing in response to feedback Autumn: Start of dissemination 2012: Dissemination
  6. 6. Review of current productsLooked at Pilot Swim- Denmark Irish Information literacy programme Pathway2Information- Nottingham Open University I-lit (Cranfield) Epigeum
  7. 7. Researchers’ survey and Interviews2 surveys conducted:First surveyConducted at research conference atLoughborough (researchers attitudes towardslearning, particularly elearning)Second larger survey Created by Sarah McNicoll 224 responses from Nottingham, Loughborough and DMU Followed up with 11 face-to-face interviews
  8. 8. Researchers’ survey and InterviewsKey results Include element of hands-on Ability to complete at own pace at a convenient time Visuals and links to external resources important Liked learning from peers
  9. 9. DesignSelected Xerte as the authoring tool  Open source  Content can be re- used and repurposed  Designed for non- techies  Technical help
  10. 10. Areas identified for content  include Primary Information, to include ethics, information  gathering and archives Secondary Information, to include effective searching,  information beyond academia and information issues for  projects such as researching funding bids  Promotion of your research (next slide) Management, to include reference management and  data management
  11. 11. Content of Pilot module
  12. 12. Quick live demo of the final ‘Dissemination of your research’ module
  13. 13. Evaluation of pilot module Conducted by a ‘neutral’ research associate, Michael Norris Qualitative methods: Focus groups (Nottingham, Loughborough & DMU) Observations (Coventry) Recommendations were produced for whole module, plus comments on individual units which have aided editing and revisions. 
  14. 14. Taking a collaborative  approachImage by Nicola Corboy, used under a CreativeCommons Licence,
  15. 15. Mindmap of wider collaboration
  16. 16. Our experience: Benefits to us More motivation Increased knowledge of other organisations Sharing of knowledge of tools Support Friendship
  17. 17. Our experience: Benefits to the project More time More money More ideas More skills More potential contacts
  18. 18. Our experience ‐ challenges Different institutional expectations (PGRs or Research staff?) Editorial control Politics and diplomacy, especially regarding deadlines Cross‐institutional file sharing, especially video
  19. 19. The Future Add to Jorum and Xpert as open access Promotion and Publicity
  20. 20. ContactsCoventry University De Montfort UniversityChris Bark Liz Loughborough University University of NottinghamHelen Young Wendy Stubbings Jenny in touch with the project at:
  21. 21. Questions?