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Southam & Moody - International Students: a collaborative approach to teaching IL skills

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Southam & Moody - International Students: a collaborative approach to teaching IL skills

  1. 1. A collaborative approach to teaching information literacy skills to new international students Amanda Southam & Julie Moody LILAC 2013
  2. 2. International students at Plymouth Library IL skills provision Growing student numbers Sustainability IL effectiveness versus cultural/language differences Relationships and on-going communication Image courtesy of Nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Lilac 2013
  3. 3. Liaison with academic staff  Approaching IL in a different way  ‘Teach the teacher’ proposal  Positive response from tutors  Specialists – TEFL  See their students regularly  Can build up a good relationshipImage courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net  Confidence and support Lilac 2013
  4. 4. Design andpreparation ofLibrary supportmaterials Library orientation tour/quiz Online ‘jargon buster’ Interactive library tour Short online tutorials Short online support guides Library film(s) / Photostory  How to …  Where do I? …  How can I? … YouTube clips Lilac 2013
  5. 5. Invitationto tutorsto attenda LibraryWelcomeandtrainingsession
  6. 6. Advantages to tutors Two key Library contacts in case of queries or problems Materials always available – in and out of classroom Can use materials as and when appropriate Can incorporate into session plans Dual purpose of library materials – IL and English skills Can encourage students to work in groups or independently Gives tutors better information literacy skills!? Could collaborate with views and ideas for improvement Lilac 2013
  7. 7. Advantages for Information Specialists Utilising the skills of our international tutors – they are the teaching and language specialists Frees up our time to design/implement IL support materials Cannot sustain quantity (student numbers) but can improve quality (tutors) Build up good collaborative alliances with our academic partners Proactive approach to supporting international students and tutors Lilac 2013
  8. 8. Feedback from tutors and students Lilac 2013
  9. 9. Feedback from tutors and students Lilac 2013
  10. 10. What have we learnt?• Working with our academic partners and sharing ideas has been very beneficial – hopefully for both sides!• International students DO need more targeted support• Sharing knowledge and relinquishing control takes trust and faith in your colleagues• Keeping a range of materials relevant and up-to-date is time consuming• Is not a perfect solution – need to monitor• The importance of getting constructive, regular feedback from tutors and students• Planning ahead to organise tutor training, and gathering survey feedback Image courtesy of Naypong/FreeDigitalPhotos.net• Empowering others ultimately helps us! Lilac 2013
  11. 11. The future for collaborative working andinternational student support Sustainability – need this approach to work Academic managers and tutors supportive of collaborative working Better and on-going ‘road testing’ required Possible use of focus groups / online surveys to gather feedback from tutors and students Better visibility of IL materials (LibGuides, dedicated webpage?) Moving beyond pre-sessional international students? Lilac 2013
  12. 12. Any views or ideas fromthe audience?Thank you! Lilac 2013

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