Inquiry Based Learning with firstyear undergraduates                       Sheila Webber          Information School, Univ...
Inquiry Based Learning (IBL)• A cluster of related pedagogies in which student inquiry  or research drives the experience ...
Teaching 1st years•   40 students this year, many international•   BSc Information Management•   Using face to face, Black...
5th year I’ve done this exercise• Webber, S. (2010) 3D virtual learning case study.  University of South Australia.  http:...
Rationale for using SL• 50% coursework: carrying out research interview in  SL, analysing performance as interviewer +  an...
SL Familiarisation & working on information problem                   1st week: Basics                   of moving,       ...
Information problems• Is the “Google generation” really bad at searching  for, and evaluating, information?• How reliable ...
SCONUL 7 Pillars model of Information Literacyhttp://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_                  ...
SL                 familiarisation                                          Short lecture and  Assignment                 ...
10Modes                         Interviewingof IBL                              Information Levy, P. & Petrulis, R.      p...
http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/                          http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber/                ...
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"Inquiry Based Learning with first year undergraduates" was presented by Sheila Webber in the virtual world Second Life at the "M2N4SL – Midnight to Noon Conference for Second Life Educators and Researchers" conference on 27 October 2011. In it, Sheila (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL) gives brief details of a class "Information Literacy" that is core to the BSc Information Management programmes at the University of Sheffield Information School. This class is delivered as blended learning, using an Inquiry Based Learning approach.

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  1. 1. Inquiry Based Learning with firstyear undergraduates Sheila Webber Information School, University of Sheffield October 2011
  2. 2. Inquiry Based Learning (IBL)• A cluster of related pedagogies in which student inquiry or research drives the experience of learning and building knowledge (Philippa Levy)• Students: – investigate questions & problems that often are open-ended – apply the principles and practices of scholarship or research in their academic or professional area – explore a knowledge-base actively, critically and creatively – participate in building new meaning and knowledgeLevy, P. et al (2010) Sheffield companion to Inquiry Based Learning. University of Sheffield.http://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl Sheila Webber, 2011
  3. 3. Teaching 1st years• 40 students this year, many international• BSc Information Management• Using face to face, Blackboard, web resources• Initially students used SL together in lab with me & teaching assistant (socialisation element)• Information Literacy core level 1 module: aims – to progress students information literacy in key areas (working towards being an information literate citizen) – to develop their understanding of information literacy & information behaviour theories and practice Sheila Webber, 2011
  4. 4. 5th year I’ve done this exercise• Webber, S. (2010) 3D virtual learning case study. University of South Australia. http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/3DVLE/siteassets /docs/3DVirtual_Case_Study_BScIM.pdf• Webber, S. (2010) “Investigating modes of student inquiry in Second Life as part of a blended approach.” International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 1 (3), 55-70.• Some tweaks & changes each year Sheila Webber, 2011
  5. 5. Rationale for using SL• 50% coursework: carrying out research interview in SL, analysing performance as interviewer + analysing transcript• Access to wider population; internationalisation• Prompts reflection and comparison with RL• As information managers, relevant to learn virtual world communication skills
  6. 6. SL Familiarisation & working on information problem 1st week: Basics of moving, communicating etc. 2nd week: 9 teams of 4-5 students: each given own mini island + start info prob 3rd week: opinionator exercise and further work on mini-island + work on info prob 4th week: Teams import presentation on info problem to SL + set up quiz ball Sheila Webber, 2011
  7. 7. Information problems• Is the “Google generation” really bad at searching for, and evaluating, information?• How reliable is Wikipedia?• Should Facebook users be concerned about their privacy and safety on Facebook?• 9 student teams, 3 tackling each problem• PPT identifies search process and their conclusions
  8. 8. SCONUL 7 Pillars model of Information Literacyhttp://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_ pillars.html Sheila Webber, 2011
  9. 9. SL familiarisation Short lecture and Assignment handout about Practice interviews briefing interviewing in triads (interviewer, Lecture, exercises, interviewee, observer)readings on research,information behaviour, Handouts data collection & Blackboard Discussions analysis, ethics module Presentations Practice interviews in triads in SL Student’s Assignment FAQs etc Individual feedback Research /communication: email, interviews F2F, SL . in SL Email, IM etc used to communicate with interviewees Sheila Webber, 2011
  10. 10. 10Modes Interviewingof IBL Information Levy, P. & Petrulis, R. problem(2012). How do first-yearstudents experience inquiryand research, and what arethe implications for thepractice of inquiry-basedlearning? Studies in HigherEducation, 37(1). Sheila Webber, 2011
  11. 11. http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber/ Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23396182@N00/ Netvibes: http://www.netvibes.com/sheilawebberSheila Webbers.webber@shef.ac.ukTwitter & SL: Sheila Yoshikawa
  12. 12. Off we go!

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