dinsdag 30 augustus 2011

e-learning sites for information literacy

A message from Mark Hepworth M.Hepworth@lboro.ac.uk 

A while ago I posted a request for suggested e-learning sites for information literacy.  Thanks to all of you who suggested sites for evaluation.
The ones that came out top were:
http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/skills/  University of Sydney, Australia
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Divisions/Academic/Library/information-skills/infoskills/index.html  University of Newcastle, Australia
http://www.le.ac.uk/li/sources/training/irs/irscontents.htm  University of Leicester, United Kingdom
http://skills.library.leeds.ac.uk/  University of Leeds, United Kingdom
https://pilot.library.qut.edu.au/index.jsp  Queensland University of Technology, Australia
http://www.open.ac.uk/safari/  Open University, United Kingdom
Sites were evaluated in terms of their coverage of information literacy (identifying information needs; understanding the information landscape; locating and retrieving information, using information (including managing (storage, security, retention), sharing and communicating information); plus look & feel; interactivity; functionality embedded e.g. use of quizzes etc. 70 Higher Education (HE) sites and 7 from the workplace, were identified and screened, 30 were evaluated in-depth.
There are good examples of practice that are not included in the list shown above. This was because they did well in some areas but were lacking in others.
Very few were identified from the non HE workplace and those that were identified, in many cases, were inaccessible due to ID/password restrictions.
Very few e-learning packages helped people with thinking skills, such as critical analysis, synthesis etc. of information found in articles, Web pages, books etc. or navigating and extracting information efficiently
In general, there was a lack of coverage of 'using' information i.e. managing information, sharing or communicating information.
I will provide further detail, in due course, on my blog, which I intend to rekindle ... after a long lapse in updating ! )
Thanks again for your suggestions.

Dr. Mark Hepworth
Senior Lecturer
Chair Teaching and Learning Committee
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
LE11 3QJ

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