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Web 2.0 and Information Literacy: EMAlink March 2009


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Web 2.0 and Information Literacy: EMAlink March 2009

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Information Literacy EMAlink Seminar Joanne Dunham & Sarah Whittaker 11 March 2009
  2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Groups: initial discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Tea/Coffee </li></ul><ul><li>Groups: further discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Imagine you are planning information literacy teaching for 1st year students beginning 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>You have a clean slate and no restrictions or barriers. What would you do? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web 2.0 is a state of mind
  5. 5. Bread and butter for students? /
  6. 6. Our experiments <ul><li>Web 2.0 internally funded project </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy training: wikis, incorporating awareness of social bookmarking, RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 activities: Library Facebook page, Twitter, UOL library blog, </li></ul>
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  8. 8. Project Aims <ul><li>Can web 2.0 tools be used to enable students to broaden their use and understanding of scholarly resources? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Medical Ethics, Law, and Human Rights Modules <ul><li>Ethics week & SSM </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to push key learning resources to students at the appropriate point in their course. Students could then use these resources at the stage in their module when it is immediately relevant to their learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard was used as an authentication hub. </li></ul>
  10. 12. The Only Way is Up Now… <ul><li>Not everything worked… </li></ul><ul><li>No change of culture in how students worked or communicated </li></ul><ul><li>Students didn’t use the communication channels provided </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s didn’t comment on each others’ work </li></ul><ul><li>Short time span of courses and assignments – no time to build community of practice and accumulation of new resources so the focus was on finding information rather than sharing </li></ul>
  11. 13. What worked well <ul><li>The Google Custom Search Engine and Journals Pageflakes page were very popular with the students and they stated they had even shared them with students outside of the Ethics and Law SSM. </li></ul><ul><li>Course tutor said there was a tangible improvement in the quality of resources used and students’ understanding of how to find them. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Using Wikis
  13. 15. Using Wikis <ul><li>Computer Sciences: Evaluating Resources - wikipedia; search engines; journal articles; sharing resources </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Year Medics: Finding the Evidence - answer a clinical question using evidence based resources, and write conclusion. Peer evaluation. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Grass roots web 2.0
  15. 17. Issues for information literacy Your own experiences
  16. 18. <ul><li>Would you change any of your ideas from the beginning of this session? </li></ul>