Widdicombe - Getting creative with research: a case study approach to information literacy teaching at UCA
Getting creative withresearch: a case studyapproach to InformationLiteracy teaching atUCAKristy WiddicombeLearning & Research Services Managerkwiddicombe@ucreative.ac.uk
…a creative place to study‘To excel as a university for the arts which fosters creativitythrough local connections and global aspirations’
…bridging the the gap ‘most of the training provided by library staff focuses on demonstrating specific information sources and tools; and it tends to adopt an approach characterised by conveying information rather than constructing learning experiences.’ - Mind the Skills Gap: Information Handling Training for Researchers (RIN 2008).
Constructing relevantlearning experiences……that are linked to thediscipline and contextspecific.But, what about skills Heidi Mdziniso, BA (Hons) Architecture, UCA Canterburytransfer?
…Case study research‘A linear but iterativeprocess’ Prepare Plan Design Collect Share Analyze (Yin, 2009)
…definitions ‘student-centred activities based on topics that demonstrate theoretical concepts in an applied setting.’ (Davis & Wilcock 2011, 45)• Demonstration of concepts• Active learning• Development of skills• Increased enjoyment/learning
…modelling the research process Tim Mara, Lightbulb and Book, 1995-6 www.vads.ac.uk
…making it relevant Model DiscussionTOMs shoes for ReflectionMarketing students
…information literacy scaffolds‘most students need informationliteracy scaffolds if they are tomove on from their establishedroutines, abandon their comfortzones and engage in deeplearning and the building of newknowledge.’(Markless & Streatfield, 2007) Anne Harild - Tårn Series, 2008
…feedback (staff) [The Librarian] tailored the session extremely well to our course and delivered a Good case study to session which really talk through the engaged the students process of how to research Would like to take up opportunities for further collaboration in the future Adam Durrant, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, UCA Epsom
…feedback (student) I felt lost with researching for my dissertation before but now I feel inspired and I know where to go for each aspect of my research so its not so overwhelming. I really liked the way the session was made interesting with the activities and the I will use interaction with all of us what I have learnt
…evaluation Over a number of years it has become clear that engagement improves the closer to audiences’ subject that you make the information literacy session. If you make it generic, you make it boring and just watch the attendance figures drop through the floor. Diane McCourt – Faculty Librarian, School of Media & Culture
…evaluation I have found the case study approach…has enhanced the User Education sessions that I create for the students and really helps them to understand how research, and our resources, can be useful to them. Richard Swales – Faculty Librarian, School of Fashion
…questions? Kristy Widdicombe BA (Hons.), MA, MSc., MCLIP Learning & Research Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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