What happens after graduating from university? Alison Head

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What happens after graduating from university? Alison Head

  1. 1. from University? hashtag for today is #lilac16 What happens after graduating from university? Alison J. Head, Ph.D., Project Information Literacy, University of Washington iSchool 21 March 2016 | LILAC, Monday, 16:15 – 17:00 p.m. | Parallel Session #3 University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2. Spring 2014 n = 63 Fall 2014 n = 1651 Spring 2015 n = 63 Initial interviews Follow-up interviews Report released January 2016 Findings from PIL’s two-year U.S. information literacy study Online survey Qualitative Quantitative Qualitative 10 solutions Public dataset
  3. 3. Lifelong learning: Improving skills, acquiring additional knowledge 3. Community 1. Personal life 2. Workplace
  4. 4. 10 U.S. colleges and universities Belmont University (TN) Ohio State University (OH) Phoenix College (AZ) University of Redlands (CA) Trinity University (TX) University of Central Florida (FL) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV) University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) University of Texas, Austin (TX) University of Washington (WA)
  5. 5. 3 research takeaways
  6. 6. #1 Graduates were surprised to find real life requires constant learning.
  7. 7. Communit y 13% Workplace 30% Personal life 57% Where learning needs occur in “real life” 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey , n = 1651 graduates between 2007-2012 | 10 campuses
  8. 8. Personal life Workplace Community How-to info 75% Hobbies 70% Money mngt. 69% Purchases 63% Interpersonal* 44% Career dev. 69% Computers 57% Interpersonal* 56% Mobile devices 32% Social contacts 25% Civic action 25% Volunteering 24% Interpersonal* 16% Social contacts 14% Working w/kids 13% 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey , n = 1651 (check all that apply, 28 categories) #1 need = interpersonal communication
  9. 9. #2 Graduates used Google search – but they turned to people almost as much.
  10. 10. Personal life Workplace Community Search engines 88% Friends 79% Social networks 79% Family 77% Public libraries 45% Co-workers 84% Search engines 83% Boss 79% Books 51% Conferences 49% Search engines 38% Social networks 26% Friends 24% News sources 23% Family 15% 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey , n = 1651 (check all that apply, 16 categories) #1 source = search engines
  11. 11. 79% 51% 21% 18% 14% 12% 10% 9% 7% 5% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% YouTube Pinterest Duolingo Khan Academy Coursera Stack Overflow Codecademy Google Helpouts lynda edX Udemy CrashCourse Udacity Academic Earth ALISON Beyond Google, what’s the destination? 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey, | n = 1651 graduates
  12. 12. Social search > model of “shared utility” Usefulness Interactivity Shared Utility
  13. 13. Fundamental shift in information seeking 2016 Lifelong Learning Report, p. 57.
  14. 14. 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey, (“strongly agree” + “somewhat agree” ) | n = 1651 graduates Still challenged – even in the digital age 29% 50% 50% 62% 70% 73% 88% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Finding understandable information Lacking access to library databases Lacking access to professors or lectures Staying motivated to keep learning Staying on top of everything Finding affordable sources Finding time for continued learning
  15. 15. #3 In most cases, but not all, critical thinking skills were transferable from college.
  16. 16. A critical thinking index 1. Questioning 2. Searching 3. Interpreting Asking + staying motivated to keep learning Formulating strategy + using multiple sources+ re-researching Sorting + extracting + “close” reading + evaluating credibility 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey , n = 1651 (check all that apply, 14 categories) 4. Applying 5. Metacognition Drawing conclusions + communicating + presenting results Ability to learn anything + teach someone else
  17. 17. InterpretingQuestioning Searching Applying 27% 72% 76% 76% Were these critical thinking skills developed during university? 2015 Lifelong Learning Survey , (Index from Likert Scale, 1 – 5 points from agree to disagree ) Asking questions until a topic is understood Staying motivated to keep learning Meta- cognition 74%
  18. 18. Major mattered 3.14 Questioning n = mean scores on critical thinking index 3.14 3.43 Physical & life sciences 3.36 Business Administration 3.34 Occupational training 3.32 Education 3.31 Arts & Humanities 3.24 Architecture & Engineering 3.14 Computer Science
  19. 19. Stepping back: How can we better prepare today’s graduates as lifelong learners?
  20. 20. Recommendations: Information literacy interventions Higher Education Include strategies for finding guidance and expertise after graduation + integrate social side of research Public Libraries Design libraries as “gathering places” for informal and formal learning + embed learning across community K – 12 Curriculum Leverage success of teaching evaluation skills early on and enhance as students’ learning continues
  21. 21. What happens after graduating from university? hashtag for today is #lilac16 Thank you Alison J. Head, Ph.D., Project Information Literacy, University of Washington iSchool 21 March 2016 | LILAC, Monday, 16:15 – 17:00 p.m. | Parallel Session #3

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