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Taking Information Literacy to the student: Creating a self-directed, blended learning program for Lifelong Learning off-campus IT Carlow students - Breda Connell

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Taking Information
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Creating a self-directed, blended learning
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The project
• November 2019 – June 2021
• Focus on IL skills for ITC students
• Collaboration
• National Forum Funding
• S...

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A little bit about me
Graduate Trainee
– Manchester
Metropolitan
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MA Information &
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MMU
BBC – N...

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Taking Information Literacy to the student: Creating a self-directed, blended learning program for Lifelong Learning off-campus IT Carlow students - Breda Connell

  1. 1. Taking Information Literacy to the student Creating a self-directed, blended learning program for Lifelong Learning off-campus IT Carlow students Breda Connell Lifelong Learning & Research Services Assistant Librarian Institute of Technology Carlow February 2022
  2. 2. The project • November 2019 – June 2021 • Focus on IL skills for ITC students • Collaboration • National Forum Funding • Starting point – specific cohort of students • Broadened to encompass all students • Impetus for creating the resource
  3. 3. A little bit about me Graduate Trainee – Manchester Metropolitan University MA Information & Library Studies - MMU BBC – News Librarian RTE – Television Archives North-West Film Archive – Archivist Griffith College Dublin – Assistant Librarian Laois Library Service – Assistant Librarian
  4. 4. Imposter Syndrome New role at IT Carlow Fear of Teaching MA in T&L
  5. 5. Background to the project –IT Carlow • Largest of 14 Institutes of Technology • Founded in1970 • Vocational higher education • Original focus on science, technology & engineering • Merging to become Technological University May 2022
  6. 6. Background to the project – A bit about the programmes Learning off campus (2019 style) Outreach programmes BA Early Childhood Education L7 & L8 Non-traditional route to Higher Education No one ‘type’ of student Many different needs
  7. 7. Some of the issues facing these students Time poor Juggling work, study & caring duties Various routes to learning Many non- traditional English Language Learners Returning to education after many years Digital literacy Distance to place of study
  8. 8. The learning environment • Face to Face classroom • Two nights per week • Weekend study • IT Carlow Associate Lecturers • LLL office on campus • Layers of support Navan Monaghan Longford Tallaght Ennis Cork
  9. 9. Venues
  10. 10. The Library issue
  11. 11. Another layer of learning Learning how to search Where to search Finding ebooks What are ejournal articles? What are databases? Which databases are best for my topic? Too many results No results
  12. 12. The ‘why’ questions needed answering • ‘Why do I need to use the research of others?’ • ‘Why do I need to use academic materials?’ • Evaluating sources • Articulating my own ideas • Ethical use of information
  13. 13. How to support these students? • Connecting with lecturers • Embedded approach • Face to Face library workshops • Current assignment / topics • Support from a distance • Personalised screencasts
  14. 14. First visit to the classrooms – September 2019 • Introduction to the online library • Databases • Searching • eBooks • How to select keywords • Managing search results • Referencing & citations
  15. 15. Problems November visits to venues Using the online library Layers of learning Frustration
  16. 16. National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - call for funding
  17. 17. Collaboration TEACHING & LEARNING CENTRE – LEARNING TECHNOLOGIST THE LIBRARY – LIFELONG LEARNING & RESEARCH SERVICES LIBRARIAN
  18. 18. Here’s what we intended to do Nov. 2019 – Mar. 2020 Research phase Mar.–May 2020 Gathering evidence May–Sep. 2020 Create content Oct. 2020 Launch on website & use modules for IL instruction
  19. 19. The best laid plans
  20. 20. Project set aside and set back • Other priorities • Original timelines became irrelevant • Structure of the project came in to question • NF six month extension • Relevant to all students • Refocus
  21. 21. Back up and running • Summer 2020 • One socially distanced on site meeting at ITC • Brainstormed • How to structure the modules • Listing & allocating content to create • Met remotely using Teams
  22. 22. Focusing on all students Changing restrictions Hybrid model of learning Different First Year Experience LLL delivery fully online Needed to think more broadly
  23. 23. Introducing students to the PACE programme
  24. 24. Introducing students to the library space • Created a series of videos • Student participation • Friendly welcome & introduction • How to access library services • Navigating the space • Locating material • Using the self-check machine • Staying safe in the library
  25. 25. Students showing how to do things
  26. 26. Brief videos showing students ‘How To’
  27. 27. Easily accessible to everyone
  28. 28. Module 1 – Using the library & online library • Navigating the physical space • Becoming self sufficient in the library • How to look for help from library staff • Using your library account • Introduction to the online library • Searching for ebooks • Searching for ejournal articles • How to find LibGuides
  29. 29. Module 2 – Your first assignment • How to use the online library resources for researching and writing your first assignment • Designed for First Year Students • Useful to all students • Using specific databases • Tailoring searches • Assessing your findings • Short
  30. 30. Module 3 – Citations & Referencing
  31. 31. Complete quick reference guide
  32. 32. How the PACE programme is being used • Self-directed learning resource for all students • Flipped classroom approach with LLL groups • Introduction to the library for LLL teaching staff • Undergraduate Induction / First Year Experience library sessions • Promoted by the IT Carlow Teaching & Learning Centre • Promoted by the IT Carlow SU • Open Educational Resource freely available to all
  33. 33. Further possibilities CONSTANTLY UPDATING THE RESOURCE GATHERING FEEDBACK FROM LLL STUDENTS NEXT PHASE ALREADY HAPPENING MODULE 4 – WRITING A LITERATURE REVIEW FUTURE MODULES TO ADDRESS NEXT LEVEL NEEDS
  34. 34. Evaluating the resource • Focus Groups with Lifelong Learning Students • Gathering evidence on how they used the resource • What was useful? • Suggested changes • Suggested additions
  35. 35. Resources • Institute of Technology Carlow Library https://www.itcarlow.ie/library/home.htm • PACE www.itcarlow.ie/library/pace-programme-library.htm • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education www.teachingandlearning.ie/ IT Carlow Image slide 5 © IT Carlow All other images © Microsoft Powerpoint
  36. 36. Breda Connell Lifelong Learning & Research Services AL Institute of Technology Carlow Email: breda.Connell@itcarlow.ie Twitter: @ITC_LibResearch

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