Bell - Supporting students: raising the profile of IL (teachmeet abstract)

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Bell - Supporting students: raising the profile of IL (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Supporting students: raising the profile of ILMaria Bell, London School of Economics and Political Science, m.bell@lse.ac.ukThe presentation will outline the ways in which the LSE Library is deliveringinformation literacy support using Moodle to reach more students.The Library has provided information literacy content within the VLE of the LondonSchool of Economics (LSE) since 2003 first using WebCT and then Moodle. There isan online information skills module within a compulsory first year course; customised‘library resources blocks’ which appear in all LSE Moodle courses and four ‘LibraryCompanions’ for Students, Researchers, Data Users and Legal Researchers withinMoodle. The aim of the Companions is to provide information literacy support forstudents to access at the point of need. The majority of LSE courses are supportedby Moodle course components and it was important for the Library to have apresence in the same environment.With the LSE’s migration to Moodle 2 in 2012, the Library took the opportunity toreview the content and design of the Library Companion for Students. TheCompanion presented materials in sections about resources, e.g. books, journals,internet. Student focus groups revealed that many students were not aware of theCompanions. Once demonstrated students expressed how useful the resource wouldhave been. However, students also said that there was a lot of material which madeit difficult to identify where to start and what was most important.The revised Companion is designed to follow a students’ approach in terms offinding, using, evaluating and managing information. New content is designed to bemore visually engaging and to encourage greater interaction. The learning resourcesdeveloped for the Companions are aimed to be flexible so that teaching staff canembed them in their own teaching courses at relevant points in the course, thusputting information literacy learning in context with their academic studies.The presentation aims to highlight the lessons learned for example in planning; incontent re-design; and in maintaining the student centred approach. The intendedoutcome of the work is to offer consistent and timely learning support to morestudents.

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