Viewpoints and Information Literacy - Ulster Library Subject Team Meeting

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This presentation was delivered at the University of Ulster Library Subject Team Meeting on 11 May 2011. The presentation shows how the Viewpoints team have developed the Information Skills theme for their interactive workshops, and describes how Ulster librarians can get involved in delivering information skills workshops using our resources.

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2. Viewpoints andInformation Literacy Presenter: Karen Virapen, Access and Distributed Learning University of Ulster Library Subject Team Meeting, 11th May 2011 3. Viewpoints Overview

  • Aim: to create user-friendly reflective tools to promote and enhance effective curriculum design.
  • The tools will help staff consider areas such as:
      • information skills/information literacy,
      • assessment and feedback,
      • learner engagement and
      • creativity in the curriculum
    • while considering the learner perspective

4. F2F Workshop format

  • Allows teams to share ideas around course design
  • Using large learner timeline worksheet and A6 cards
  • Teams choose principles, map them to student timeline, select examples and write own ideas on timeline

5. Information Skills Theme

  • 1 of 4 workshop themes
  • Aim to get staff thinking about students information literacy needs (e.g. research/study skills) for a module/course
  • Librarians can use these cards / workshop resources with staff

6. Pedagogical background

  • 7 principles based onSCONUL Seven Pillars
  • Examples on the back of cards are adapted fromInformation Skills Benchmarks , a paper by Peter Godwin from the LIS

7. Information Skills - revisions

  • Librarians involved throughout revision process
  • August 2009- presented initial concepts to Subject Librarians
  • Autumn 2009 individual consultations with librarians card content
  • March 2010 interactive workshop with draft cards at Librarian Subject meeting
  • Throughout 2009/2010 piloting cards with course teams in Ulster
  • Summer 2010 new ideas for cards on Information Skills Ning social network
  • February/March 2011 final revisions from ADL team and librarians

8. Key changes made toInformation Skills theme

  • Meaning of some of the principles was unclear to some users so wording was changed to clarify meaning
  • Descriptions of principles on the front of cards was made simpler
  • Examples on the back of the cards were clarified and brought up to date with current library practice
  • Too much information cards summarised and simplified
  • Duplications on different cards removed
  • Examples grouped in a more logical way
  • Layout made easier to read
  • Branding and Creative Commons copyright added

9. Simplified principles easier to understand

  • Define the task and understand the topic
  • Identify appropriate resources
  • Search effectively
  • Find and extract information
  • Compare and analyse information
  • Organise and share information ethically
  • Interpret information and create new content

10. Examples - clarified

  • Streamlined information
  • Easier/quicker to read in workshop situation
  • Clear at a glance to staff or to students with limited knowledge of information literacy
  • In line with Ulster library practice

11. Printable cards

  • Can download printable Information Skills cards (in PDF format) from Slideshare
  • Viewpoints blog post explains how to print two cards to a page and make up cards

12. Next steps

  • To embed these workshops in the University to help course teams
  • Librarians central to this process delivering Information Skills sessions to lecturers using our materials as prompts

Workshop format and Information Skills theme are both complete 13. Other uses of our resources

  • Librarians/course staff could use cards with students, to show them information literacy concepts
  • Help learners to understand the skills that they have to develop, and specific examples of how to develop them (e.g. using software like Refworks to manage references)

14. How to hold a Viewpoints workshop

  • Viewpoints have written a Handbook to explain to staff how to use our reflective resources
  • This will give academics the information they need to run a Viewpoints course design workshop with their team
  • Librarians can use the Handbook for ideas/hints on running an Information Skills workshop

15. About the Handbook

  • Currently at draft stage
  • Draft 1 is available online to download via Slideshare we would welcome any suggestions on this draft from librarians

16. About the Handbook (continued)

  • Final version will include a set of downloadable resources printable cards, handouts and resources for each theme, sample workshop plans, useful links, etc.
  • We welcome suggestions of resources or handouts to include for Information Skills/information literacy you may already have some handouts for the Library
  • Send comments/suggestions to

17. Viewpoints Project End

  • Working on finishing the
  • Handbook and downloadable
  • resources for staff to use
  • More workshop delivery/refinement of other themes
  • Development of parallel online tool for curriculum design
  • Development phase ends July 2011
  • Dissemination/evaluation phase ends Autumn 2011

18. Information Literacy, our resources and you

  • Viewpoints are supplying10 sets of module-level Information Skills cardsto the Library (course-level printed cards to follow)
  • Once extras are printed we will give the Library3 sets of the A0 size laminated student worksheets in the meantime you can borrow worksheets from Viewpoints if required
  • You can have your own information literacy workshops for staff or students if desired, using the Handbook and cards as a guide
  • Use the card resources creatively as prompts, to invite debate, to discuss information skills load in a course, to get students to consider information literacy.You will have your own ideas on how to best use cards

19. Conclusions

  • These slides are available online for online viewing or download at
  • Any questions?