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Infozone: a blended approach to developing information literacy from the start! Martin


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Infozone: a blended approach to developing information literacy from the start! Martin

  1. 1. InfoZone A blended Induction: developing Information literacy from the start! Lorna Clarke & Helen Bell Lilac 2008
  2. 2. Edge Hill Overview • Previously used video, demonstration, hands on • Induction to library catalogue and computer network • Separate WebCT sessions but not as standard • Info skills sessions for some not all • Big booklets
  3. 3. Why we changed • Equity of access for all students • Increasing numbers of students off-campus • Greater use of the VLE • Greater emphasis on a ‘joined up’ approach to academic skills development – bringing them together in one resource • Need to develop Information literacy and lifelong learning skills • Reprographic nightmare!
  4. 4. What we did • Looked at how we delivered induction, Information skills and introduction to WebCT • Multi-professional team approach • Decided on a blended approach to optimise the learning experience • Use WebCT as the medium
  5. 5. What InfoZone looks like
  6. 6. InfoZone content 1. Using this resource – introduction and how to navigate your way through 2. Learning@Edge Hill – campus maps, buildings, opening hours, UNIcard 3. Off Campus – help and support for off campus and distance learners 4. Using the library catalogue – how to access books, journals and online resources 5. Skills and support - support with essay writing, study support and SpLD 6. Tool to print off individual sections of the resource
  7. 7. What learners do in InfoZone • Campus maps • Videos • Quizzes using Hot Potatoes • Camtasia (screen casting software) used to learn about non-web tools and resources • Informs tutorials used for guided searches of live resources • Links to useful web pages • Access guides and other support materials
  8. 8. What InfoZone aims to do • Provide an induction to Learning Services • Provide an introduction to WebCT for all new students • Support distance, flexible and FE Partner students • Be interactive – not just online page-turning • Be a reference tool for duration of course • Develop information literacy
  9. 9. How InfoZone is delivered • On campus to all students in a ‘hands-on’ face- to-face session – Simple guide to logging in – Activities to direct use of InfoZone • Off campus, face to face, or directed to WebCT supported with a printed guide • Simple enough for self-directed learning • Tutors direct students in using InfoZone to develop academic study skills
  10. 10. Future developments • Ongoing review, checking and updating • Containing generic and subject resources • Adding Informs to cover a range of databases for each Faculty • Guided searches for key resources to develop Information and searching skills • Integration within hands-on workshops • Move to ‘paperless’ taught sessions
  11. 11. Contact Lorna Clarke Helen Bell
  12. 12. Accessing InfoZone Go to: Username: lilac Password: lilac