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Project i-Spy:report on a project to support the development of student information skills (i-skills). Heale & Streatfield

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Project i-Spy:report on a project to support the development of student information skills (i-skills). Heale & Streatfield

  1. 1. i-Spy i-Skills Framework The University of Hertfordshire i-Spy Team: Susan Heale, Helen Singer, and Angela Dimond Information Management Associates: David Streatfield, Sharon Markless
  2. 2. 2 Why i-Spy? 'People use the internet and new technologies every day – for finding information, communicating, and seeking entertainment, goods and services. Learners are bringing new expectations of the power of technology into higher education. … Our goal is to help the sector use new technology as effectively as they can, so that it becomes a ‘normal’ or embedded part of their activities.’ (HEFCE Strategy for e-Learning 2005)
  3. 3. 3 i-Spy i-skills Skills to support: –connecting, –interacting and –making use of information using a wide range of information technologies
  4. 4. 4 i-skills in teaching and learning The digital environment presents new challenges for students: • Social networking eg MySpace, and new web technologies eg blogs, wikis, RSS … • Non-linear information and learning in ‘bite- sized chunks’ • Blended learning (UH is a CETL)
  5. 5. 5 What is i-Spy? 1. A new framework for UH to support staff to deliver quality assured i-skills based on a model to reflect modern student learning styles 2. Associated Aims and Learning Outcomes based on recognised standards 3. Checklist of criteria for good practice to inform design of i-skills materials 4. Quality assurance and enhancement procedures 5. A set of tutorials developed within the i-Spy framework
  6. 6. 6 How can i-Spy help? • i-Spy delivers a range of online tutorials that can be used: i. by staff with confidence in their teaching to meet i-skills aims and learning outcomes ii. by students for self-help • To support skills development of: – critical evaluation, identification of authoritative and trustworthy sources, search and navigation, handling large quantities of potential sources, citing and referencing, and more …
  7. 7. 7 Quality assurance and enhancement The i-Spy QA&E strategy incorporates: • Adherence to a recognised set of aims and learning outcomes • Conformance to a checklist of good practice • Standardisation of ‘plain language’ terminology • Process of peer review • User evaluation
  8. 8. 8 i-Spy Framework : full diagram problem definition reviewing identifying sources orientatio n Focussing (including keywords, formulating questions ) networkin g picture building browsing exploring l locating systematic searching questioning and challenging filtering knowing enough thinking critically refining and interpreting synthesising and analysing transforming constructing new knowledge, concepts evaluating andverifying imposingstructure restructuring transforming taking ownership of the learning communicating applyin g citing and referencing Evaluation : Monitoring progress Reflecting … on the experience and the outcome Connecting with Information Interacting with Information Making use of Information
  9. 9. 9 i-Spy Model Evaluation : Monitoring progress Reflecting … on the experience and the outcome Orientation Locating Focussing (including keywords, formulating questions) Exploring Connecting with Information Thinking critically Evaluating and verifying Transforming Constructing new knowledge, concepts Interacting with Information Transforming Applying Communicating Citing and referencing Making Use of Information
  10. 10. 10 i-Spy: connect, interact, make use Connect … • what information you need • where you might find the information • how you might go about searching for • the information • how to use different resources Interact … • question, filter, synthesise and analyse information • evaluate the quality and authority of information • work with information until fit for purpose • create new understanding and knowledge Make use … • Use appropriate media to work with information • Communicate what you have learned • Cite and reference appropriately • Apply information to help you solve problems, make decisions, and think critically
  11. 11. 11 i-Spy benefits for staff • Support for staff to deliver high quality i-skills in their teaching • Help staff to meet graduate skills targets • Time saving through re-use • Easy StudyNet (MLE) access to a range of ready made independent learning i-skills tutorials • A framework to share i-skills materials across the University
  12. 12. 12 Scope for use • Project work, research skills, evidence based practice • Personal Development Planning • Graduate skills • Programme review and validation • Blended Learning • Student centred and independent learning
  13. 13. 13 Tutorial: Systematic searching