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Going Global, UCD Library’s experiences of teaching information literacy in China James Molloy


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The globalisation of Third Level Education has implications for units such as libraries in providing support to overseas campuses. University College Dublin (UCD) library responded to an invitation to provide library support to UCD students based on a campus in Beijing, China. This short presentation reflects on the impact of two visits by library staff in 2017 and the subsequent development of a programme to deliver an annual schedule of information literacy training to students of the college. It will look at how we coped with working with staff and students in a different culture and work environment. We will examine how we can continue to deliver this initiative in a sustainable way allowing us to teach a high level of required support while also maintaining our teaching commitments on the main UCD campus. By offering solutions to several challenges we aim to create a model that we can use in potential future requests.

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Going Global, UCD Library’s experiences of teaching information literacy in China James Molloy

  1. 1. Going Global UCD Library’s Experience of Teaching Information Literacy in China James Molloy and Diarmuid Stokes UCD Library LAI/CILIP Joint Annual Conference 2019
  2. 2. BDIC wins Higher Education Partnership of the year at the Asia Matters Business Awards 2018
  3. 3. UCD and BJUT (Beijing University of Technology create BDIC in 2012) UCD Staff teach on four degrees (IoT, Software Eng, Finance, Elec Info Eng) currently 1,200 students enrolled Since 2012 BDIC students visit UCD Campus annually and receive library training BDIC see UCD Library as an integral part of the UCD student experience In 2016 a request for information skills training programme delivered on Beijing campus (physical presence) BDIC - Beijing Dublin International College
  4. 4. Preparation Library training programme designed for BDIC students Presentations and support materials were integrated into the VLE to encourage student engagement Library tutorials adapted to to reflect local restrictions. Local testing of online tools to ensure compatibility Installation of VPN Final reflective report on our experiences 20172019 More structured programme to cover all 4 Stages over two weeks with an aim to reach all BDIC students Presentation materials to share on BrightSpace (new UCD VLE) Hosting of video tutorials on HEAnet Media Hosting to allow access via Library libguides Promote use of the student VPN Final reflective report on our experiences Beyond Meet with BDIC Provost to discuss findings from our reports Decide if and how the library support will continue Consider increasing UCD partnerships in China, how to accommodate additional institutions Training the trainers
  5. 5. Teaching at BDIC IT Support IT Support Attendances Mobile Devices
  6. 6. Limited time - hit the ground running Youtube - HEAnet Media Host work arounds VPN - slow/not installed/not opening resources Cultural - language/plagiarism/rote learning Attendances - varied drastically Increasing student numbers - managing expectations Smog - health issue Jet lag - tiring {Challenges}
  7. 7. Students - awareness of UCD Library resources Parity - training BDIC students Finding Solutions - e.g. video hosting Insight - first hand look into the college Profile - raising the profile of UCD Library Social - getting to know more UCD staff Personal - experience of working in China Sightseeing - Great Wall, Forbidden City etc {Rewards}
  8. 8. Future {Future} Support - agreement (for now) to continue teaching Structure - more structured training programme UCD Library - hopefully more staff will travel to Beijing Challenges - continue to work with BDIC to resolve issues In House - long term goal to have local expert? UCD and China - new partnerships started or on the horizon, can we continue to accommodate the demand?
  9. 9. James Molloy UCD College Liaison Librarian for Engineering and Architecture @jpjmolloy jpjm001 Diarmuid Stokes UCD College Liaison Librarian for Health and Science @dstokes01 Thank you…...