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Graduate information literacy skills: a collaborative SIF funded approach. McSweeney

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Graduate information literacy skills: a collaborative SIF funded approach. McSweeney

  1. 1. o Supported by IUISC 5.03.2009 Niall McSweeney Head of Information Services NUI Galway Margot Conrick Head of Information Services University College Cork
  2. 2. Graduate Information Literacy Module Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) 1 Module Context 2 Online Demonstration 3 Questions / Answers / Discussion
  3. 3.  PhD Graduate Education  4th Level Ireland  Generic Skills Modules  Module Development  Stakeholder Benefits  Challenges  Future Plans
  4. 4. 4th Level Ireland Key points:  Doubling the PhD numbers  Establishment of Graduate School system  Change from apprenticeship to structured 4-year PhD  National co-ordination of training provision  New emphasis on career paths
  5. 5. Generic Skills Training New key element of the PhD Programme  Structured 4-Year PhD  Generic Skills  Enhanced Career Paths  National Co-ordination / Collaboration  Increased Student Mobility
  6. 6.  Broaden student skills and knowledge  Provide specialist courses in the research area (high-level interdisciplinary skills)  Develop high-level transferable skills with an eye on student career paths  Create inter-institutional graduate education programmes  Broaden and deepen the intellectual training which the student will receive  Develop innovative structures for the provision of generic skills
  7. 7.  Research leading to the PhD dissertation must comprise at least 240 credits within the overall programme  Overall minimum of 270 credits with a maximum of 360 credits  The PhD programme of study may include up to 90 credits of generic and speciality training
  8. 8.  Strategic Innovation Fun (SIF) 4th Level Ireland Project  Learning Outcomes  Skills that may be develop through  Research  Additional Taught Modules “ …PhD education must also facilitate additional skills development opportunities.”
  9. 9. “ Government fund to promote collaboration, support change and enhance quality in Irish higher education so that it is equipped to meet the challenge of driving Ireland’s development as a leading knowledge economy…”
  10. 10. The SIF Generic Skills Project has the overall objective of providing the key transferable generic skills, with an inter-institutional structure
  11. 11.  300 million euro (2006-2011)  Cycle 1 – October 2006 - 42 million euro  14 projects  Generic Skills is one of these  SIF IL Module is with GS
  12. 12. Niall McSweeney, Co-ordinator Ronan Kennedy NUIG Marie Reddan Advisor Isolde Harpur David McNaughton TCD Margot Conrick Richard Bradfield UCC Module Funding €100,000
  13. 13.  Identification of current level of information skills  Development of existing skills and acquistion of new skills  In-depth knowledge of key resources available  Techniques to evaluate and use quality resources  Maximise research time and effort and avoid duplication  Learn to adapt and apply skills learned to new research Key skills to be developed / learning outcomes
  14. 14.  Consultation critical - PhD supervisors - Deans - Library staff - Researchers and students  National IL standards  International ‘best practice’
  15. 15.  Aimed at PhDs  may include Research Masters or Post-Docs  Face-to-face and online  Integrate with VLE, e.g. Blackboard  Variety of media options – podcasts / video, etc.
  16. 16.  Audit / expand / acquire / update portfolio of IL skills  Expert guidance on the usage of information resources  ‘Best practice’ search strategies  Key concepts of information management  High-quality literature review  Mapping / evaluating resources to research needs
  17. 17.  Bibliographic management techniques  Awareness of the ethical issues in using information  Importance of bibliometrics /impact factors  Apply & adapt acquired skills research  Maximise research time
  18. 18.  More focused research students/group  Enhanced research output - information literate students  Skills profile for structured 4-Year PhD  Reflective framework  Well-prepared adaptable/ employable PhD graduates
  19. 19.  Inter-institutional collaboration / networking  Content creation / delivery – national applicability  Enhancing expertise  Innovation exchange / enhanced profile  Tapping-into source of expertise in university and library  Perception -vs- Reality - Phd Research
  20. 20.  3 year timescale 2007 – 2009  Began April 2007  Initial partial pilot May 2008  Full pilot October 2008 – February 2009  Delivery September 2009 ?
  21. 21.  Module content complete  Online outsourced to media company  Pilot of Full Module (all 7 units) in 3 universities October 2008 to February 2009  STM examples but generic content  Fully evaluated
  22. 22.  Face-to-face / Online  Weekly delivery  Formal assessment  Practical application to own research / supervisor  More tutorial type sessions  Exercises should be relevant & authentic  Competencies should mirror Learning Outcomes  Competencies capable of being applied
  23. 23.  No dedicated Project Support  Existing resources  Collaboration  Institutional differences  Geographical spread  Support – Cultural/Political  each library  each institution  Integration of module with PhD Programme  Registration/Scheduling of module  Assessment – pedagogy/consistency  Online (via VL)+ Face-to-face  Sustainability – resources  Additional Workshop/Sessions  New/Additional Content
  24. 24.  National research support potential  Exist complimentary to IReL  How will it be supported and developed further  How can cohesion be kept going?  Great energy and commitment to date - how can that momentum be kept up?
  25. 25. IR SIF IL Key Element
  26. 26. SIF IL Module is hosted by HEANET www.informationliteracy.ie

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