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The SMILE project - a blended learning approach to information literacy. Wrathall

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The SMILE project - a blended learning approach to information literacy. Wrathall

  1. 1. SMILE a blended learning approach to information literacy
  2. 2. Katy Wrathall SMILE Project Manager University of Worcester
  3. 3. • JISC ReProduce programme • Imperial College London • Loughborough University • University of Worcester
  4. 4. Information Literacy “knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner” CILIP Information Literacy definition. http://www.cilip.org.uk/policyadvocacy/learning/informationliteracy/definition/default.htm
  5. 5. Digital Literacy “The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. ” New Zealand Government Digital Literacy definition. http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz/Resources/Glossary-of-Key-Terms
  6. 6. Media Literacy “the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts. ” Ofcom Media Literacy definition. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/advice/media_literacy/of_med_lit/whatis/
  7. 7. TEACHING THE SKILLS • Why • Who by • Who to • When • How
  8. 8. WHY • “students struggle to use the resources… • are unable to evaluate what they find • …unsure how to ethically use information • …students do not produce as high standard of work as perhaps they are able” Stubbings, R.E., D (2009). (r.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk) (19.02.2009) Evaluations.E-mail to: k.wrathall@worc.ac.uk
  9. 9. WHO BY • Librarians? • Academics? • Collaboration?
  10. 10. WHO TO • All first year Undergraduates? • All students with an identified requirement? • Anybody who expresses an interest? • Academics?
  11. 11. WHEN • Semester one year one? • On demand? • Start of post graduate studies? • Start of tenure?
  12. 12. HOW • Accredited module? • Workshop? • Self directed learning?
  13. 13. WORCESTER EXPERIENCE • Existing accredited module • E-learning/Librarians collaboration • Recognition of need for ongoing support
  14. 14. SMILE • Included in taught unit • Available throughout University experience • Can be tailored to include subject specific examples
  15. 15. SMILE CONTENT • Repurposed content from: – Olivia – Imperial College London – InfoTrail@Lboro – University of Loughborough • New content from University of Worcester • Videos, podcasts, online materials • Quizzes
  16. 16. DELIVERY • face-to-face sessions • practical tasks • discussions • individual and group study • tutorials • some SMILE units completed online in session time – Learning styles, – Evaluation – Finding information sources.
  17. 17. STUDENT COMMENTS • Made learning easier • Feel you are progressing • Well put together • Well designed • Very happy with it • Good intro to University • Directed learning gave me chance to manage my time
  18. 18. FUTURE • University of Worcester – Subject specific versions – Available online through ILS web pages – Embedded in curriculum – SMILE@Work • Other universities – Available to download and repurpose via JORUM – Available to download and repurpose via Information Literacy Group web site
  19. 19. CONTACT DETAILS Katy Wrathall University of Worcester Tel: 01905 542021 • email: k.wrathall@worc.ac.uk • Web site http://www.lilacconference.com/sirlearnalot/login/index.php • SMILE blog http://smileproject.wordpress.com/ • Twitter http://twitter.com/SmilyLibrarian

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