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Carrier - Information literacy instruction for online graduate students: from class assignments to publishable work


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Carrier - Information literacy instruction for online graduate students: from class assignments to publishable work

  1. 1. Howard CarrierReference Librarian, Odum LibraryValdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, USA. LILAC 27th March 2013
  2. 2.  ITED 7900 “Library Research Methods for Online Students” 3.0 credit hour graduate class taught by a Reference Librarian. Class delivered entirely online during 7 week summer semester via “BlazeVIEW” (Valdosta State University’s VLE)  Currently Blackboard Vista 8  Transitioning to Desire2Learn Typical student attributes for this class  Postgraduate education students ▪ Majority enrolled in a Master’s programme (M.Ed. Or Ed.S.) ▪ Minority of students are doctoral candidates (Ed.D). ▪ Many students are professional educators ▪ Non-education students tend to be criminal justice or public policy students
  3. 3.  Typical student attributes for this class ▪ First experience of post-graduate study ▪ Returning to university education
  4. 4.  Enabling publication of student work produced for this class:  Marketing the idea of seeking publication to students  Information literacy instruction  Integrating writing into the ongoing delivery and assessment of the course
  5. 5. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Benefits to students:  A publication to include on a CV  Dissemination of high-quality work, in which much time and effort has been invested
  6. 6. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Benefits to students:  Work which may contribute to a resultant dissertation or thesis  Student work is “research led” as per ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards  Students can “opt out” of publication without penalty (at least for this class)
  7. 7. Image source: Wikimedia Commons Benefits to students:  While quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are extensively taught at a graduate level, literature searching may not be taught to the same extent  Do not assume that undergraduate studies have prepared you to research a graduate level literature review
  8. 8.  Simple evaluation of current skills
  9. 9.  The pitfalls of lazy or uncertain searching (a primary source example)  What document may be found using the following citation? O.C.G.A. § 17-4-20 (2012)
  10. 10.  Encouraging students to make an Annotated Bibliography assignment meaningful to their wider program of study  Formulating a research question  Subsequent instruction in: searching; evaluating; writing; citing
  11. 11.  Instruction provided by:  Screen-capture videos created in Camtasia and uploaded to VLE as mp4 files  Asynchronous discussion boards  Synchronous chats
  12. 12.  Ongoing worksheets throughout the class:  Allow students practice in searching, critiquing sources, and writing  Provide feedback to students  Enable students to work effectively towards a final Annotated Bibliography of publishable quality within the short, 7 week timeframe
  13. 13.  Some examples…  ERIC documents / Gov docs
  14. 14.  A trial run
  15. 15.  Outcomes (based upon two semesters)  Approximately 75% of students agreed to publication  85% of papers submitted, where a willingness to publish had been indicated by the student, were of sufficient quality to be published in a collated bibliography  Unwillingness to publish is not an good indicator of weak students or poor quality work
  16. 16.  Outcomes (based upon two semesters) An interesting “side-effect”  Potentially publishing work in an institutional repository sparked student interest in searching within repositories and related resources (for example: openDOAR)
  17. 17.  Ongoing qualitative research (beyond simple student feedback)
  18. 18.  ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education petency Central Michigan University Research Readiness Self- Assessment openDOAR INLS 843 Seminar in Public Libraries (taught by Professor Ron Berguist, SILS, UNC Chapel Hill)
  19. 19.  Howard S. Carrier Odum Library, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698 Tel: (+001) 229-245-3744 Email: