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Lollipops for learning resources. Appleton

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Lollipops for learning resources. Appleton

  1. 1. Lollipops for Learning Resources Leo Appleton & Anthony Beal March 18th, 2008
  2. 2. Overview • Information Literacy @ West Cheshire College • Discovering Lollipop • Information Literacy staff development @ West Cheshire College • Project results
  3. 3. Information Literacy @ West Cheshire College • Learner – thorough induction introduce catalogue InfoTrac etc • Two full weeks during induction for all full time students • Learning Resources Workshop includes introduction to the VLE and i-skills • Quiz at end of LRW with prize of an MP3 player • Follow up i-skills sessions publicised by Springboard
  4. 4. Information literacy in the curriculum
  5. 5. High Profile Curriculum Links • Gatekeepers and regarded as such of: – i-skills – Research skills – Referencing – E-learning – Intranet – Web 2.0 – Digital media
  6. 6. Induction Quiz on VLE
  7. 7. Learning Resources Home Page
  8. 8. Curriculum Area Page
  9. 9. West Cheshire College model 40067 39737 42844 41515 38464 34660 31471 24125 25236 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 45000 Total Heritage issues 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 Declining use of print resources
  10. 10. West Cheshire College model Proof of expanding e-resource use Full text retrieval
  11. 11. Actively promote information and research skills training • Bespoke • Springboard – Planning essays – Research skills (i-skills) – Harvard – Reflective Learning – Presentation skills • i-skills embedded into assignments
  12. 12. Learning Resources Staff • Recently converged, multi-disciplinary service • No real overall awareness of information literacy within curriculum areas • Curriculum liaison and information skills teaching done by selected staff • Needed a holistic awareness and approach • Opportunity for VLE familiarisation
  13. 13. Lollipop Information Literacy • Prior to the course all staff took part in Information Literacy discussions • All Learning Resources staff taking part • Blended learning • No charge for the materials that can be modified as required for hosing institution • All web based • At WCC now built into our VLE, Fronter
  14. 14. Lollipop Staff Development – Results
  15. 15. How important do you think information literacy is?
  16. 16. How knowledgeable are you about information literacy?
  17. 17. What have you found most interesting about Lollipop? Search terms Opinions of colleagues Boolean operators Sconul E-journals Critical evaluation Authentication Primary/Secondary sources Web sites Attitudes of curriculum Plagiarism Gateways Copyright Intellectual property
  18. 18. How much use do you make of the VLE?
  19. 19. How did you find the Lollipop materials and VLE functions? Lollipop Content – 90% Blog – 68% Discussion – 77%
  20. 20. How familiar are you with the VLE functions?
  21. 21. Overall success Would you recommend Lollipop for curriculum staff? 77% Would you recommend Lollipop for students? 68% What worked particularly well? Discussion forums, Different VLE tools, Tests at the end of each section, Group participation
  22. 22. Conclusions Generalisations Lollipop increases perception of information literacy as ‘important’ to learning Lollipop familiarises staff with information literacy Lollipop increases staff knowledge about information literacy Lollipop is an effective way of delivering information literacy content Lollipop can be used effectively as a staff development tool Lollipop can be used to increase awareness and familiarisation of institutional VLE functionality

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