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Building capacity: sharing INASP’s approach to information literacy training - Emma Farrow

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Building capacity: sharing INASP’s approach to information literacy training - Emma Farrow

  1. 1. Building capacity… sharing INASP’s approach to information literacy training 13/04/2015 1 Emma Farrow LILAC 2015, 8 - 10 April 2015
  2. 2. Mission: putting research knowledge at the heart of development Aim: work with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve – access – production and – use of research information & knowledge so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges 03/12/2013 2 Principles: capacity development, sharing of learning, sustainability
  3. 3. IL training as part of strategic plan • New 5 year programme of work: Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems • 10 new or revised workshops including: - Information Literacy Strategy - Information Literacy into Curriculum - Pedagogical Skills • Working with and through library consortia - strategic planning, leading to 3 year plans 13/04/2015 3
  4. 4. IL workshops delivery IL into Curriculum Nicaragua (Feb 2014) Ghana (May 2014) Uganda (July 2014) Kenya (Nov 2014) IL Strategy Zimbabwe (May 2014) Honduras (Nov 2014) Next El Salvador Bolivia 13/04/2015 4
  5. 5. Improving quality of our training through: 1. Better participatory materials 2. Building capacity of facilitators 3. Improved participant selection 4. Pre- and post-workshop assessments 5. Integrated post-workshop tasks … and six month follow up 13/04/2015 5
  6. 6. 1. Participatory materials • Standard materials developed by consultant • Local adaptation encouraged • Learning included: - longer lead in time for pilots and review - balancing standard materials and local context 13/04/2015 6 Adaptation of content to the local context enables clear understanding of the topic. [Facilitator report]
  7. 7. 2. Build capacity of facilitators We do this through a ‘cascading workshop approach’ 13/04/2015 7 Pilot: experienced lead / consortium nominated assistant Workshop 1: observe & report Workshop 2: assist.facilitator, home country Workshop 3: potential lead facilitator
  8. 8. Cascading workshop in action Introducing…Faith Akiteng College Librarian, Makerere University Uganda - experienced IL trainer 13/04/2015 8 Ghana workshop: Observer Uganda workshop: Assistant Facilitator Kenya workshop: Lead Facilitator
  9. 9. 3. Improved participant selection • Clear criteria for participation • Pre-workshop assessment – including institutional readiness / support • Final decision with consortium 13/04/2015 9 The selection process was some how “diluted” in the sense that some participants without prior IL training experience attended even after INASP and facilitators gave their views on their eligibility. [Facilitator report]
  10. 10. 4. Pre/post-workshop assessment • Informs facilitators e.g. training experience / expectations • Informs INASP (and our funders) - improved understanding of core concepts? • Challenge: asking the right questions! 13/04/2015 10 The assessment process was excellent…helped in aligning the workshop activities to the kind of participants expected. [Facilitator report]
  11. 11. 5. Post-workshop tasks… • Integrated post-workshop tasks - stated expectation from start - to be completed within 6 months of workshop > action plan / collective agreement 13/04/2015 11
  12. 12. Post-workshop tasks example • Develop an information literacy curriculum outline, or review an existing one (you may wish to develop either the mind-map or curriculum template) • Develop a detailed lesson plan for your IL training (e.g. using format introduced in Planning training using a lesson plan) • Develop an advocacy action plan, with steps to raise awareness of your IL programme (e.g. using template introduced in Communication & Advocacy) • Another appropriate, equivalent task which meets the needs of the consortium and member institutions 13/04/2015 12
  13. 13. 5. Post-workshop tasks… • Integrated post-workshop tasks - stated expectation from start - to be completed within 6 months of workshop > action plan / collective agreement …and 6 month follow up - facilitators: how their training put into practice - consortium: impact of their workshop - participants: feedback on their work - INASP/funders: impact of our support 13/04/2015 13
  14. 14. Improving quality of our training through: 1. Better participatory materials 2. Building capacity of facilitators 3. Improved participant selection 4. Pre- and post-workshop assessments 5. Integrated post-workshop tasks … and six month follow up … how successful? 13/04/2015 14
  15. 15. Looking ahead • “6 month” follow up • IL online forum: ‘Chat Literacy' • Toolkit approach for new materials • Network of trainers - consortia-nominated trainers equipped with learner-centred knowledge, skills, attitudes 13/04/2015 15
  16. 16. Next Steps: Faith Ghana workshop: Observer Uganda workshop: Assistant Facilitator Kenya workshop: Lead Facilitator NEXT STEP : Participant in Network of Trainers programme 13/04/2015 16 Having recently attended a pedagogical skills workshop …on how best to deliver IL training, I am a converted believer that a learner- centred approach is best for delivering any training.
  17. 17. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. 13/04/2015 17 For further information on our work on Access to Research, subscribe to our blog at http://blog.inasp.info, follow us on twitter @INASPinfo and facebook inasp.info , or visit our website www.inasp.info For workshop materials, in English and Spanish, visit: http://www.inasp.info/en/training-resources/courses/ Thank you for listening Emma Farrow efarrow@inasp.info

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