Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Webinar: Fostering Active Learning in Digital Realms

I have mentioned the Shaping Edu initiative before: based in the USA "ShapingEDU is a community of dreamers, doers, and drivers shaping the future of learning in the digital age. The vision is for changemaking individuals from a wide variety of learning-focused organizations across the world to collaborate on big ideas for transforming education."
There is a webinar (which as far as I can see is free) Fostering Active Learning in Digital Realms on November 7 2019 at 8am-9.30 am US MST, which is (for example) 3pm-4.30pm UK time. https://shapingedu.asu.edu/shapingedu-live-11-7-19 "this conversation will draw on diverse experiences in discussing the intersections of active learning and digital learning spaces. Panelists will also present a draft active learning "maturity" model and invite feedback."
There are videos of past webinars at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMLoxuounu-CNxIYvxOj-qg/videos
Photo by Sheila Webber: Rudbeckia, October 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Encontrar información no es solo darle al botón de buscar

A Spanish-language page describing the issues around alerting children to the problems of fake news, it incorporates a cartoon video (... should you share that post about sandwiches containing dog meat???) and an infographic. It is on the site of is4k (Internet Security for Kids) https://www.is4k.es/blog/encontrar-informacion-no-es-solo-darle-al-boton-de-buscar

Getting Beyond “Both Sides”: FYC Instructors and Librarians Working Together to Cultivate Critical Information Literacy

Presentation slides reporting on this initiative at Santa Clara University, USA: very informative and with a link to a further document. "Last fall, our team of two FYC instructors and one librarian implemented curriculum designed to develop students’ critical information-literacy skills in relation to popular sources. Preliminary results of our work suggest that students’ work with popular sources falls short of CWPA and ACRL goals. In our workshop-style presentation, we ask how other conference attendees instruct students in the assessment and use of popular sources and discuss the pedagogical strategies that we plan to use as we iterate on our work."
Pfeiffer, L, Voss, J. and Branch, N. (2019). Getting Beyond “Both Sides”: FYC Instructors and Librarians Working Together to Cultivate Critical Information Literacy with Popular Sources. https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/library/200

Friday, October 11, 2019

#Digital #Resilience framework published

The Digital Resilience Working Group, part of the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has produced a short booklet with the UKCIS digital resilience framework. "Digital resilience helps individuals recognise and manage the risks they come across when they socialise, explore or work online. It is achieved primarily through experience, rather than learning and it is fostered by opportunities to confide in trusted others and later reflect upon online challenges. ... "Digital resilience is a dynamic personality asset that grows from digital activation i.e. through engaging with appropriate opportunities and challenges online, rather than through avoidance and safety behaviours."
This is an interesting framework, that, I would say, overlaps with various Information Literacy, Digital Literacy and Media Literacy frameworks. The four elements are: Understand, Learn, Know, Recover. Attitudes and behaviours such as planning and self-reflection are associated with it.
Photo by Sheila Webber: hydrangea, September 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Exploring the intersections of information literacy and scholarly communications

The one-day event Exploring the intersections of information literacy and scholarly communications is on 2 December 2019, at Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool, UK. Cost is £85 to ILG members, £100 to non-members. "Inspired by ACRL’s 2013 report: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment we will seek to explore how we can move away from institutional separation of information literacy and scholarly communication matters to encourage new perspectives for our advocacy work with academics and students in these areas. The day will build on aspects of a popular session from this year’s LILAC conference: Information Literacy and Open Access: two movements one aim? Through presentations and activities we will identify key areas where information literacy and open access intersect and how librarians might be able to leverage this support to engage key stakeholders and support both agendas." Sessions from:
-Dr Elizabeth Gadd (Loughborough University): Research evaluation literacy: skilling up for responsible research evaluation
- Padma Inala and John Hynes (University of Manchester) “Opening the door”: looking towards an ‘open’ dialogue as part of the student experience.
- Claire Sewell (University of Cambridge): Which Way Now? Supporting Librarians' Skills in an Ever Changing Landscape.
- Chris Morrison (University of Kent) The value of the CLA licence and open access to support teaching
To book, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/75118271773
There is a bursary place "in memory of friend and colleague Marion Kelt .... Marion was well known and respected in the library sector particularly for her award winning work on copyright. To apply for this bursary, please submit a 250-500 word summary to ilgrouptraining@gmail.com indicating why you are interested in this event and how you think the day’s content may benefit your work or organisation. Submissions must be received by 23rd October, and the winning submission will be published as a blog post on the Information Literacy Group blog."
Photo by Sheila Webber: cake and coffee, vital for both information literacy and scholarly communications

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

#Metaliteracy MOOCs

Two MOOCs on Metaliteracy are available for registration via Coursera
(1) Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World "Learners will be introduced to the metaliteracy model, learn about copyright, intellectual property, and open-licensing through the Creative Commons, and explore digital storytelling as a creative form of information production. By the end of this MOOC, learners will see themselves as content creators and develop a digital artifact or story of their own." https://www.coursera.org/learn/metaliteracy

(2) Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World "This course explores a wide range of issues related to the post-truth world and empowers learners to think about the role of experts in society, examine false representations in constructed media, reflect on their own biases, and explore ways to build collaborative communities of trust and reinvent a truthful world. Learners will be empowered to raise and share their own voice by creating a digital response to the post-truth world." https://www.coursera.org/learn/empowering-yourself-post-truth-world
Photo by sheila Webber: Hydrangeas, September 2019

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ Journal Club) #HILJClub

There is a blog post journal club, discussing articles from Health Information & Libraries Journal, at https://hilj.club/ The latest discussion is here: https://hilj.club/2019/08/20/embase-uk-filter/. "Tom Roper (Clinical Librarian, General Surgery and Digestive Diseases, Urology, Acute and Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Sussex County Hospital) has selected the following article: The Embase UK filter: validation of a geographic search filter to retrieve research about the UK from OVID Embase, by Lynda Ayiku and others available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hir.12252"

Monday, October 07, 2019

Canadian Media Literacy Week #MediaLitWk

This week (7-11 October) is Canadian Media Literacy Week and "This year MediaSmarts is encouraging Canadian Media Literacy Week participants to Break the Fake and check information before sharing it online. A suite of free online resources is available for Media Literacy Week Collaborators and educators, including a Break the Fake workshop and lesson plans. " Go to https://mediasmarts.ca/get-involved/media-literacy-week-break-fake and below is the advert they are using to encourage people to question the news.

UK National Libraries week #LibrariesWeek

This week is National Libraries Week in the UK. The theme is digital and "will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise." I think there is an information literacy angle there! There is also a competition to build your ‘Library of the Future’ out of LEGO bricks.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Everyday information literacy #PMLGConference19

My colleague Pamela McKinney is giving a workshop at the PMLG (+ ILG) National Conference 2019: Information Literacy in Public Libraries taking place today in London, UK. This is a description and a link to her slides
"This reflective workshop on everyday information literacy will enable participants to explore the contextual and individual nature of information literacy, and how to relate this to their own practices as an information professional. Information literacy will be explicitly linked to concepts of lifelong learning, citizenship and participation in the information society. Participants will reflect on their own experiences of developing information literacy in their daily lives, and use this as a platform to develop their conceptual understanding of information literacy. Annemaree Lloyd’s model of “Information Landscapes” will provide the framework for a reflective activity where participants will identify the information they had to master in order to become information literate in an aspect of their daily lives. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their evolving understanding of information literacy, and how that relates to their role as an information professional. A discussion of how library services and librarians can support the development information literacy given the diversity of patron needs due to differing levels of education, media literacy and life stage and socio-economic status. Sharing and discussing aspects of current good practice and will provide ideas for future service development." Slides are at http://bit.ly/2nY6XrA

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Deepfakes explained

Last month the UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation published what they call a "Snapshot Paper" with a useful overview of Deepfakes and Audiovisual Disinformation. The 20 page publication includes definitions and about deepfakes and shallowfakes and outlines issues and concerns. It can be found here in pdf: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831179/Snapshot_Paper_-_Deepfakes_and_Audiovisual_Disinformation.pdf
It is also linked from this webpage (which links to two other reports at time of writing, including one on smart speakers and voice assistants:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cdei-publishes-its-first-series-of-three-snapshot-papers-ethical-issues-in-ai?123

Create your own AnimationNo-one is going to take this infolit talking cat for a deepfake, but I generated it here and thought it was rather cute.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Call for proposals open #LILAC20

The call is open for proposals for the 2020 LILAC (UK information literacy) conference, to be held 6-8 April 2020 at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. The strict deadline for proposals is 5pm UK time, 13 November 2019. "LILAC welcomes proposals which address information literacy from all sectors and contexts. For LILAC 2020 we invite you to present on any aspect of information literacy, there are no specific themes. We ask that your presentation makes explicit reference to your innovative practice or research in information literacy. All submissions to the conference are peer reviewed before acceptance." The options are: Micro-teach (15 minutes); Masterclass ("Think of it as a Teachmeet with more time" - 1 hour); Workshops (1 hour); Short presentation (20 minutes); Long presentations (45 minutes + 15 minutes for questions); Panel Discussion (60 minutes).
More information at https://www.lilacconference.com/

Including more diversity in Information Literacy education

An interesting blog post from Angela Feekery about Un-silencing the silent voices , on the New Zealand Information Literacy Spaces blog. She talks about ways of including more diverse voices and perspectives in information literacy teaching and learning. She also mentions a previous blog post giving an information literacy perspective on decolonising the curriculum.
Photo by Sheila Webber of Bryn Oh's art installation "Daughter of gears"

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Call for papers WILU: Visions of the Possible #WILU2020

There is a call for proposals for the Canadian Information Literacy conference due to take place 27-29 May 2020 in Halifax, Canada.
WILU 2020. Deadline for proposals is  November 15, 2019. The conference theme is Visions of the Possible and the conference is hosted by Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, and Saint Mary’s Universities. They say about the theme: "Teaching is, in part, about asking questions. Thoughtful teaching considers questions like “what is happening in this classroom?” and “what works in helping students learn?” Visions of the possible, a phrase borrowed from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), goes further and asks us to ponder “what if?” and avoid making assumptions. Visions of the possible anticipate surprise and embrace the unexpected nature of some of teaching’s most important outcomes."

You can put in proposals for: Presentation (45-minute session); Panel discussion (45-minute session); Lightning talk (5-minute session). Conference info is at https://wilu-conference.github.io Links to previous WILU conference websites are here: https://wilu-conference.github.io/about/

Monday, September 30, 2019

Understanding Media and Information Literacy in the Digital Age #GlobalMILweek

A substantial free book was given out at the Global MIL Week feature conference last week, and it is also available free online as a pdf. It was edited by Professor Ulla Carlsson (the keynote speaker) with chapters on policy, practice and research. The majority of authors are from Sweden, with a few other international contributors.
Carlsson, U. (ed). (2019). Understanding Media and Information Literacy in the Digital Age: a Question of Democracy. Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Opening session; Recipients of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy awards #GlobalMILweek

There is a report on the opening session of the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) feature conference (in Gothenburg, Sweden, 24 September 2019). Opening speakers included Anna Ekstrom, Minister of Education, Sweden (pictured, in red), "who noted that MIL is necessary ingredient for civic engagement, freedom of Information, and pluralistic media". The report is here https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-marks-ninth-global-media-and-information-literacy-week-and-features-conference-sweden
Additionally, UNESCO GAPMIL (Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy) makes MIL awards each year. For 2019 the six recipients (announced at the feature conference) were:
- UNICEF Montenegro https://www.unicef.org/montenegro/en
- The journal Revista Comunicar (in Spanish here https://www.revistacomunicar.com/ and in English here https://www.revistacomunicar.com/index.php?&idioma=en
- Prof. Alexander V. Fedorov (Russia) ("one of the most influential professors and researchers in Russia in the field of MIL")
- Mr Frank Baker (USA) who "has taken the MIL related message to schools in the US, as well as in Singapore, Mumbai, India and Nairobi Kenya for more than twenty years."
- The Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA http://www.pyalara.org/)
- The UK news literacy project NewsWise https://www.newswise.com/
More information at https://en.unesco.org/news/transformative-initiatives-celebrated-global-media-and-information-literacy-awards-2019
Photographer Ann-Charlotte Ferm (Region Västra Götaland)