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Bolton - Students helping students: a peer-led learning model with an information literacy focus

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Bolton - Students helping students: a peer-led learning model with an information literacy focus

  1. 1. Students helping students: a peer‐led learning model with an  information literacy focus Tamsin Bolton Information Literacy Coordinator/ Instructor University of Windsor Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2. The Background
  3. 3. The Issues
  4. 4. The Course•One semester, full credit course•Curriculum has three main units: Mentorship &  Leadership Critical Thinking &  Information Literacy Planning & Feedback•Assessment includes: Research Paper Critical Analysis of a  reading Reflective practice
  5. 5. “The X‐ray ‐ an important medical tool that our  society has come to rely on.  Nevertheless what  is the value of such a tool without physicians to  read and interpret the images.  In the same way  computers, Google and the internet have  become a part of society’s indispensable tools  but without an educated public to use them and  analyze the results they are worthless.”‐Student reflective journal, Winter 2010
  6. 6. The Impact •On first‐year students •97.8% (vs. 88.1%) returned  following semester •84.1% (vs. 69%) after one  year. •On first‐year courses •Research‐based  assignments •Improved retention/grades •On academic departments •Connection •Community •On mentors •Exposure to IL issues •Improved grades
  7. 7. “Students go to university to receive an education that will  prepare them for their future; yet, education in the literal  sense is dependent on other factors than instruction  alone. Mentorship and Learning has provided me with  these additional skills and strengths to make the most of  my education. It has provided me with passion, purpose,  strength, motivation and confidence. As a result, my  enthusiasm for education has been renewed, and my  grades have drastically improved. As a matter of fact, in  my last semester I attained the highest average of all my  years thus far.”‐Giovanna Roma, 3rd Year Political Science Major 
  8. 8. Questions?

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