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Getting to work - Hamlett


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Getting to work - Hamlett

  1. 1. GETTING TO WORK Information Literacy Instruction, Career Courses, and Digitally Proficient Students Alexandra Hamlett, Guttman Community College, CUNY
  2. 2. GUTTMAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CUNY •Opened in 2012 as the newest CUNY campus •Enrolled students: nearly 1000 •45 full time faculty •Experimental educational model •No departments •Integrated faculty •Concept Paper and Guttman Learning Outcomes (GLO)
  3. 3. FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE @ GUTTMAN •Learning Communities: Houses (Currently 7) •Student Cohorts (3 per House) •House Instructional Team meets weekly •Integrated Curriculum
  4. 4. FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE @ GUTTMAN •City Seminar Course Includes: • Composition I • Critical Issue • Quantitative Reasoning • Ethnographies of Work (EOW) • Studio
  5. 5. CAREER SKILLS @ GUTTMAN The Concept Paper states: “The Professional Studies course will make work-based learning an integral part of the college’s mission through visits to work- sites connected to the case studies, which will provide opportunities to witness first- hand how experts in the field address the real-world problems of the case studies. (25) Guttman Mission Statement “They will graduate with a greater sense of responsibility for their academic success and personal growth, prepared to pursue additional studies, a career and lifelong learning”.
  6. 6. ETHNOGRAPHIES OF WORK (EOW) •Two-course sequence •Introduce different perspectives of work •Garner greater understanding of the world of work •Explore occupations to help students make informed decisions about major and career path
  7. 7. EOW I & II LEARNING OUTCOMES EOW I •Pose questions about the workplace •Discuss occupations and career paths •Discuss stereotypes about the workplace •Gain appreciation of why work matters •Explore changing nature of jobs •Draw connections between self EOW II •Conduct investigations on career paths •Analyze data on trends involving salaries, benefits, entry level requirements, hiring forecasts, etc. •Work on effective communication skills •Reflect on personal ethnographic report
  8. 8. WHY INFORMATION LITERACY AND EOW? “Workplace information competencies for today require the ability to locate information in multiple formats and synthesize diverse viewpoints, by taking a flexible, critical, and iterative approach to solving workplace information problems” “We are able to identify competency-gaps between graduate information solving skills and those required in the evolving, information-intensive workplaces” “Although graduates demonstrate considerable competency in finding information online, their habits tend to include using information found only online; the ability to also draw from non-digitized sources—and to synthesize multiple sources—is, in the employers’ view, lacking” —Head, Van Hoeck, Eschler, & Fullerton
  9. 9. ACTIVE LEARNING, IL SKILLS, AND EOW? •Innovative and collaborative •Reinforces important material and concepts •Builds self-esteem •Increases student motivation
  10. 10. LIBRARIANS AND ACTIVE LEARNING “Librarians, with just one brief chance to present a rather complex and sequential set of skills to a group of students with whom they may be completely unfamiliar, need to be able to create learning experiences that are appropriate for students’ variation in background knowledge, learning styles, and motivations” (Otto, 2014).
  11. 11. EOW I LESSON •Learning Outcomes: •Learn how to evaluate sources using specific criteria to determine credibility and usefulness of info. •Use specific databases to find career resources
  12. 12. EOW I •Google?? •Evaluating Information Sources •Career Databases •In-Class Active Learning Activity
  14. 14. EOW I ACTIVITIES Reflection Questions: •What information abouve stands as meaningful to YOU? •What are you most curious about knowing in terms of career research? •What should be your next step from here?
  15. 15. EOW II INSTRUCTION SESSION •Discussion on Authority •Source Types •Explore Research Questions •Create Keywords / Related Terms •Search Strategies
  16. 16. EVALUATING SOURCES DISCUSSION •C.A.R.D.I.O Handout • Currency • Authority • Relevance • Documentation • Information Type • Objectivity
  19. 19. THANK YOU Questions?
  20. 20. Alexandra Hamlett Information Literacy Librarian Guttman Community College, CUNY Email: Telephone: 646.313.8184 Twitter: @alliebkln Institution