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Making it count: teaching information skills


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Slides from a workshop led by Chris Powis and Jo Webb at the CILIP Cymru conference May 13-14 2010

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Making it count: teaching information skills

  1. 1. Making it count: teaching information skills CILIP Cymru May 2010 Chris Powis and Jo Webb
  2. 2. Who are we? <ul><li>Do we believe that we are teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we trained as teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>How are we involved in the learning process? </li></ul><ul><li>How ‘professional’ are we about this role? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Optimum Conditions of Learning <ul><li>A person who has a </li></ul><ul><li>POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT </li></ul><ul><li>OPEN MIND and the necessary </li></ul><ul><li>ABILITY who </li></ul><ul><li>PRIORITISES the </li></ul><ul><li>Process that is </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>REFLECTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>PROCESSING of </li></ul><ul><li>INFORMATION </li></ul><ul><li>Information which is </li></ul><ul><li>PATTERNED </li></ul><ul><li>MEANINGFUL </li></ul><ul><li>EMBEDDED and </li></ul><ul><li>EMBODIED </li></ul><ul><li>In an environment which offers </li></ul><ul><li>STIMULUS </li></ul><ul><li>SUPPORT </li></ul><ul><li>FEEDBACK and </li></ul><ul><li>REWARD </li></ul><ul><li>From Squires, G (1994) A new model of teaching </li></ul>
  4. 4. Expectations <ul><li>Almost certainly too low or too high? </li></ul><ul><li>Passive </li></ul><ul><li>Boring </li></ul><ul><li>Spoon fed </li></ul><ul><li>Change the world </li></ul><ul><li>Are these your expectations too? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Start with the learner <ul><li>Audit their needs and expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test them (gently) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss with stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academics / teachers/ training organizers etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Techies (IT and/or media) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Triangulate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be aware of your own style </li></ul><ul><li>Be inclusive (language, gender, culture, additional needs) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Once you’ve got them <ul><li>Make it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A performance </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Remember <ul><li>“ Librarians love to search, everyone else likes to find” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Lease Morgan, Notre Dame Univ. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Professional identity? <ul><li>We are teachers! </li></ul><ul><li>We are not only teachers! </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Develop yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in the debate </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul>