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Boland - Designing an IL module for a new route PhD (poster)


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Boland - Designing an IL module for a new route PhD (poster)

  1. 1. Embedding Information Literacyin a Masters of Research programmeAbstract 4. Analyse and evaluate the relative value of different information sourcesThe purpose of my poster is to illustrate the development – in partnership 5. Record, manage and retrieve research informationwith colleagues within my institution – of an Information Literacy module, 6. Identify and enact appropriate strategies for the dissemination and archivingdesigned to form part of a new route PhD programme that is running, for the of research data.first time, in the Autumn semester of 2012 at the University of Derby.I collaborated with Dr Tristram Hooley (module lead and head of theInternational Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS 1)) and we decided to usethe SCONUL 7 Pillars model of IL2 as the framework governing the weeksthe short module would be running for.This Level 7, 10 credit module is delivered online only and so each week hassupporting materials ranging from text only documents to audio-visual presentations.Examples of some of the resources created for the module will be included on theposter for illustrative purposes.The module is assessed via portfolio consisting of weekly blog posts of c.250 wordsand weekly tutor formative assessment is provided at the end of each week byTristram and/or myself.The module culminates with students producing a final 1,000 word reflective postlooking back over the previous weeks and discussing how they will apply whatthey’ve learnt to their future doctoral study. The aim being to ensure that all studentsgo into their PhDs on a more level playing field of ability and understanding ofinformation literacy skills.The first run-through of the module is due to be completed by Christmas 2012 andan assessment of its success and any challenges that have arisen will follow.This information will be used to determine if any modifications are required to thecontent for the next iteration of the module and examples are included on the poster.Quotes from some of the participants“Overall, the module I feel has been extremely beneficial in the development of myresearch skills. Mainly, through me having to think about the structure and processthat I should be using when researching.”Ian Coldwell“...rather than scribbling loads of annotations down on the paper I have started totype the annotations in the notes section of CiteULike. In the hope that this willcreate a reference manager and a place where I can store the metadata.”Ian Coldwell“Reflection on each blog posted throughout the module has provided me with arecord of information and personal reflections which provided further reflection onmy progressive development as a researcher.”Joseph Hatwell“ progression through the seven pillars within this module, I have learnt to usea wide range of resources and techniques that have enhanced my research skills,strategies and structure in my work.”Joseph Hatwell“On completion of week one, I has become clear that information as a whole is apowerful source upon which new information and research is built upon. Although Module informationwe should all know this as researchers, I found that the short presentation and theinformation provided, really hits the message home for me. This week has also ■ Delivered online with students to participate weekly through blog posts withallowed me to reflect on how I research and where my strengths and weaknesses a final, reflective blog post to finishlie, in my ability to source and obtain research.” ■ Portfolio assessmentJoseph Hatwell Resources used by module creatorsModule description ■ Adobe Presenter ■ BlackboardThis module provides early career researchers with the tools to understand, utilise ■ Panopto ■ Preziand manage the information and networks that underpin research work. Resources used by studentsLearners will be asked to think about the process of knowledge creation and toconsider how existing information and knowledge can be gathered and utilised as ■ PowerPoint ■ Prezipart of their research. The module will also introduce learners to key technical tools ■ CiteULike ■ Zoterowhich support the identification, utilisation and management of information and All 6 participant students passed the module with one student achieving a distinctionprofessional research networks.Learning outcomes Impact Pedagogy ■ Practice change ■ SCONUL 7 Pillars Framework1. Identify the locations of relevant information and academic networks in their area of specialism ■ Development of new research skills ■ Online delivery once a year and knowledge ■ Reflective2. Be able to scope their own information needs and strategise ways to address these needs ■ Creation of networks ■ Cohort-based ■ Improvement of research related ■ Progressive3. Effectively identify necessary resources using both information databases organisational skills and social tools ■ Interactive ■ Multi-mediaJill Boland Tristram HooleySubject Librarian – Health and Social Care Module Leader 1 for Learning Enhancement and Innovation, University of Derby University of Derby 2 SCONUL 7 Pillars of Information Literacy Modelemail: email: