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Engaging Students with Information


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A presentation to Wilfred Laurier University Conference on Students Engagement, February 17-18, Waterloo, ON Canada

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Engaging Students with Information

  1. 1. Engaging Students with Information : A participatory constructivist framework for teaching information skills Nasser Saleh Integrated Learning Librarian A presentation to: The Many Dimensions of Students Engagement Conference Wilfred Laurier University February 18, 2009 <ul><li>Engineering & Science Library </li></ul>This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada Licence
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>This presentation is about the experimental use of a participatory constructivist approach for Information Practice in selective undergraduate Engineering courses. </li></ul><ul><li>The presentation also discusses the role of academic librarians in students engagement as academic enablers. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>What is Information Literacy (IL)? </li></ul><ul><li>Current Model of IL </li></ul><ul><li>Redefining IL and the role of academic librarian. </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory Nature of Information Practice (IP) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Direct and Embedded IP in Engineering Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Information Literacy <ul><li>Information literacy (IL) is a set of abilities requiring individuals to &quot;recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: </li></ul><ul><li>Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).(2003) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. [Online]. Available: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information literacy related skills that students are expected to develop in APSC100: <ul><li>Determining the nature of the information they need. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing the needed information effectively and efficiently. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating information and its sources critically and incorporating selected information into their coursework. </li></ul><ul><li>Using information effectively to accomplish the specific purpose of their coursework. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and using information ethically and legally with the proper level of citation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Information Literacy Skills © 2008 Nasser Saleh
  7. 7. IL Rubric for APSC100
  8. 8. Limitations to the current model <ul><li>Information literacy includes cognitive activities. </li></ul><ul><li>IL is enabled by many technical skills such as the use of computers. </li></ul><ul><li>IL, as a learning experience, is a socio-constructive model where knowledge is constructed, accumulated and communicated. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Redefine IL <ul><li>There is a need to redefine IL to be more than skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...information literacy is knowledge rather than simply skill, achieved by education rather than training, created through partnership between professionals and is a lifelong endeavour that is contextual in field and service access”. (Town, 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Town, J. S. (2002b). Information literacy and the information society, In: Challenge and change in the information society , edited by S. Hornby & Z. Clarke. (pp. 83-103.) London: Facet. </li></ul>
  10. 10. IL is not a linear model! Information Practice Connecting with Information Interacting with Information Making sense/use of Information
  11. 11. Information needs <ul><li>Information needs are dependents on learners’ preconceptions that do not necessarily include misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Once learners can identify their real information needs, they can start “connection with information”. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Constructivist Information Practice <ul><li>The theoretical foundation applies a constructivist approach, employing learner control in a social, collaborative setting. </li></ul><ul><li>The instructional layer uses reflection as a sense-making strategy and is employed to encourage self-discovery. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Examples From In-Class Information Practice Workshops
  14. 14. Start your Project What is the main purpose of your project/ research? What is/are the main question(s) of your project/ research? Do you feel that you have background information about the main topic? If yes, try to list the key concepts that you already know. What other information do you need? and where can you find them?
  15. 15. Start your Project Example: Project #3: Solar-Thermal refrigerator
  16. 16. Examples of students preconceptions
  17. 17. Examples of tacit knowledge elicitation Collaborative upper year project Individual student in 2 nd year
  18. 18. Examples From Online Information Practice
  19. 19. Using Wiki in design projects
  20. 20. Using Wiki in design projects
  21. 21. Using social networking
  22. 22. Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference <ul><li>Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Published Proceedings </li></ul>
  23. 23. Final notes .. <ul><li>Academic librarians are academic enablers. </li></ul><ul><li>Improving students’ learning is about understanding the learner's perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is about change in conceptions, a well integrated information practice plan can enable students to develop more complex understandings. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Through others, we become ourselves. L.S. Vygotsky <ul><li>Nasser Saleh </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Learning Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail : [email_address] </li></ul>