Thompson & Snowden - From search to research; linking Information Literacy and critical thinking skills

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Thompson & Snowden - From search to research; linking Information Literacy and critical thinking skills

  1. 1. From search toresearch: LinkingInformation Literacyand critical thinkingskillsEmma ThompsonSimon Snowden
  2. 2. Context• 2008 First semester, first year undergraduate module in e-business (30 students)• Students not reading academic resources• Dependence on free sources of information• Low module grades
  3. 3. What we did – Year 1• Seminar – Information Literacy in context• Seminar – academic reading and criticalthinking• Hands on Workshop• Introduction of the H2O Playlist tool
  4. 4. What the students did• reading for the assignment• creation of assessed Playlist with reflections• written assignment• and... continued use of H2O beyond this
  5. 5. H2O Playlisthttp://h2obeta.law.harvard.edu/“a shared list of readings andother content about a topic ofintellectual interest”
  6. 6. Student playlist
  7. 7. Tutor comments
  8. 8. Analysis of each article found
  9. 9. What we did – Year 2• Seminar – What’s new in the Library• Seminar – Mindmapping• Hands on Workshop• Introduction of RefWorks
  10. 10. What we did – Year 3• Seminar – What’s new in the Library• Hands on Workshop• Researching companies – for assignmentsand job-hunting
  11. 11. 3rd year Student Feedback:“The skills that I developed as an eBusinessfirst year student, in terms of researchingand reading articles, are what I consider tobe the most important that I have taken fromthe degree programme. I am confident nowin writing about any subject based on myability to explore the problem and effectivelyresearch the problem.”
  12. 12. Conclusions• Information Literacy by Stealth... through partnership with academic staff• Students engaged when IL is in context• We need to promote IL for employability
  13. 13. Next Steps• H20 Playlist not developing - other Tools? (E.g. Zotero, Noodle tools)• Application in other subjects?• How do we scale up this success for largermodules?
  14. 14. Any Questions?emma.thompson@liv.ac.uk@libraryemmassnowden@liv.ac.uk

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