Information literacy for offshore students

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Information literacy for offshore students

  1. 1. ANZIIL Perth Forum October 2004 Personal Service delivering face to face information literacy to ECU students in Singapore Julia Gross Edith Cowan University Faculty Librarian 1
  2. 2. ECU Singapore Program Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences (CSESS) • Two main faculty partners • Advent Links • Academy of Human Development • Library Information Literacy faculty supported and funded • Several faculty courses • Counselling • Childhood and Family Education 2
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  4. 4. Access to local library collections in Singapore • ECU partners have scant print collections • Reliant on ECU for electronic collections • No local librarian or library service • No local university reciprocal arrangements 4
  5. 5. ECU students in Singapore • Bachelors, Masters • Wide range of skill levels • Language fluency •English is 2nd language • Adult learners • IT literate 5
  6. 6. Key issues for our students in Singapore • Unaware of ECU Library services •Document Delivery •External Library • Unaware of ECU Library resources •Print and electronic • Authentication to library databases 6
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  8. 8. Course objectives • Students • can research a topic and locate information sources • display improved quality in written work • avoid plagiarism • become self sufficient • feel less isolated 8
  9. 9. Course delivery mode • Demonstration • Hands On – Catalogue and database exercises – Referencing exercises 9
  10. 10. Course content • Research Process • incl. referencing, avoiding plagiarism • Library Services • Document Delivery, External Library • Library Resources • Catalogue, databases • Content evolving and adapting 10
  11. 11. Course evaluation Need more on Referencing Need to learn Needed this Blackboard sooner Students Quality of Staff assignments improved 11
  12. 12. How different is offshore ? • Cultural and language issues • Student learning styles • Internationalisation of content • Equity Imperative • Planning and Logistics 12
  13. 13. Planning and Logistics 13
  14. 14. Changes 2001-2004 • Increasing reliance on electronic resources • More electronic content available • More local content available • More content requested by faculty 14
  15. 15. AQUA audit of ECU Singapore http://www.anziil.org/events_meetings/ 2004/events/perth/resources.htm 15

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