Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Lilac won't be out here for a while, so here are some rain-battered crocuses.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: daffodils in my garden, March 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Davis, S., Drinan, P. and Gallant, T. (2009) Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-4051-7804-4
("School" here covers secondary and tertiary education, not just what we would call "school" in the UK) It discusses why students cheat and short and longer term ways of deterring cheating. There is more information at: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405178043.html
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Boat, Thessaloniki (photoshopped), March 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The IFLA Information Literacy Section is organising a satellite meeting at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden August 8-9, 2010 in collaboration with Gothenburg University, called Information literacy: context, community, culture. It will consist of a networking event on the evening of Sunday 8 August and a full day programme on 9 August. The morning will consist of formal presentations, and this call is for papers for this morning of formal presentations. Deadline for proposals is 21st April.
Key aims of the event are:
- To understand the different meanings that information literacy has in different cultures, contexts and communities
- To learn about some of the ways in which we can get to know, and meet, these different information literacy needs
- To give delegates opportunity to reflect on what matters about information literacy to them and think about they might apply what they have learnt to their own personal and work context
Note that the afternoon will consist of an “unconference” in which delegates will be able to propose and pursue themes of particular interest to them. More information about this part of the event will be released shortly.
What we are looking for now
We are seeking proposals for presentations from people who have:
1) Investigated information literacy in specific contexts, communities and cultures. This might have meant investigating what information literacy means for a specific group or community, or having explored what their information literacy needs were. Presenters should make it clear what the context and goals were, and how the investigation was carried out.(Examples: a) a public library working with a local business community, through consultation and focus groups, to find out what their information needs and behaviour are, to guide service policy and delivery; b) researching the conceptions of information literacy of schoolteachers, to support their development of information literacy teaching for their pupils; c) working with staff and students in a university class to find out their information literacy needs).
or / and
2) Developed interventions (activities, teaching, programmes etc.) based on their understanding of these contexts. Although the emphasis should be on the intervention, it should be clear how it is tailored to the needs of the specific group / community (e.g. based on previous investigations, or in enabling the group/community to collaborate in designing the intervention).
In both cases, 1) and 2), ideally, but not necessarily, we are looking for initiatives that were developed in a collaborative or participative way with the community or group in question. Incorporation of the “voices” of the community (e.g. through quotation, video) are welcomed.
Presentations will be no more than 30 minutes in duration
The language of the meeting is English.
Timetable for submissions
1) Proposals must be in by 21st April 2010, submitted via email to email@example.com
Proposals for papers must include: Title; Abstract of 250 words; Author(s) contact information (name, full address, phone, fax, email, etc) and affiliation.
2) Successful presenters will be notified by 10th May 2010
3) Speakers will be asked to provide an extended abstract of circa 800 words, in English, and a short author biography by 6th June 2010, for inclusion on the event’s website.
4) Speakers will be asked to provide copies of their presentations by 31 July 2010
All expenses incurred for attending this event are the responsibility of the authors whose papers are accepted. Authors/presenters are expected to attend the event and present their papers in person. Reminder: proposals should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Sheila Webber: Crow, March 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Greylag goose, Blackheath pond, March 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wilkinson, S. (2010) "Maximising student learning through minimising information search time; the role of satisficing and skimming." Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (2)
"With the increase in the use of the internet for educational purposes, the problem is no longer how to find and access information on-line, but how to select the most appropriate sources of information. What strategies do students adopt in order to allocate time adaptively to the information they need to learn? How and when do they make decision judgements, and how can this enable educators to facilitate student learning? If we understand how students search and retrieve information from texts, then we can design our texts to facilitate this process and ultimately enhance learning through minimising the time it takes for students to search for information within a text, and maximise the time they have for learning that information. This paper will present a new and innovative model of adaptive allocation of time across on-line texts, based on the principles of satisficing and skimming. It will discuss how knowledge about students’ information search and retrieval processes can aid educational text designers in designing texts that will enhance student learning."
Whole issue is at http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/ojs/index.php?journal=jldhe&page=issue&op=view&path%5B%5D=9
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Xiao, J. (2010) "Integrating information literacy into Blackboard: Librarian-faculty collaboration for successful student learning". Paper presented at Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the rain, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1112 March 2010.
Abstract. "This paper describes a creative library orientation program utilizing Blackboard to help beginning nursing students develop information literacy and successfully complete a cultural research paper." "Information literacy components and course specific library resources are integrated seamlessly into NRS 110 Blackboard course. The students attend a one-hour library orientation and continue to receive research assistance from the librarian via Blackboard. Surveys are administered to the students to help evaluate the program’s effectiveness." "Results suggest that faculty-librarian collaboration in integrating information literacy and course-specific library resources into Blackboard courses is an effective way to improve library instruction and student learning."
Photo by Sheila Webber: A brass band viewing the sea, Thessaloniki, Greece, March 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, March 2010, a flying visit (I catch a plane back at 4.50am tomorrow!) for a PhD viva, but I had a nice walk along the waterfront
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thursday 18 March, UK time 8pm, Second Life Time: 1:00pm (see http://tinyurl.com/y8ghoer for times elsewhere)
This is an official event in the ESRC Festival of Social Science (ESRC is the UK's funding council for social science research) - the only Festival event being held in SL!
Venue: Infolit iSchool in Second Life, the virtual world: the venue is pictured here (you need a SL avatar, and the SL browser installed on your computer)
Researchers in information and digital literacies (Sheila Webber (i.e. me, Sheila Yoshikawa in SL) and Dr Julia Davies (DrJoolz Smythe in SL) will talk about their research, with the emphasis on drawing out advice on more virtually literate approaches to everyday SL.
The session will be chaired by Professor Jackie Marsh, Head of Department in The School of Education, Sheffield University, UK (Jackie Darkstone in SL).
Sheila Webber is Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research, a Senior Lecturer in Sheffield University's iSchool, and an international speaker on information literacy. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Dr Julia Davies is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Sheffield University, and co-Director of the Centre for the Study of New Literacies. Her research focuses on online digital practices and social learning. Her numerous article and chapter publications include _Pay and Display: The Digital Literacies of Online Shoppers_ in _Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices_, edited by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel (2008)
ESRC Festival of Social Science: see http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/fss/default.aspx for information on the festival and http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/
PO/releases/2010/march/secondlife.aspx for the ESRC press release on this event
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Head, A. and Eisenberg, M. (2010) "How today’s college students use Wikipedia for course–related research." First Monday, 15 (3).
Photo by Sheila Webber: Shadows, so it must be sunny, March 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: my bank was giving away free balloons on Saturday: I'd've preferred it if they'd spent their money on keeping the local branch open
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: After holi celebrations, March 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Picture by Sheila Webber: Exhibit at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference http://www.vwbpe.org/
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The sessions today included Anna Peachey giving a personal perspective on the children's virtual world, Club Penguin; Diane Carr and Andrew Burn (Institute of Education) talking about their projects to do with learning and practice in Second Life and World of Warcraft (the blog/website is at http://learningfromsocialworlds.wordpress.com); and Christopher Walsh talking about an Australian project using games in a number of imaginative ways to develop skills and learning in schoolchildren (see http://learningfromcomputergames.com/ and there is a whole issue of the Australian journal of language and literacy, Feb 2010, devoted to it)
Picture by Sheila Webber: This is a 3D version of a framework for Inquiry Based Learning, that I am showing in the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference that runs Friday-Saturday in Second Life
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
2) Promoting Information Literacy for end users (a TFPL course) "This course will equip delegates with a 'how to guide' for promoting information literacy for their end users, tailored to their particular organisational environment." In London on 22 April and 21 October 2010. Cost £350. http://www.tfpl.com/training/courses/coursedesc.cfm?ID=TR1531&pageid=-9&cs1=information%20literacy&cs2=a
Photo by Sheila Webber: It was sunny yesterday
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Student elections are underway, traditional signs are still used.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: After holi celebrations, Sheffield, March 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
The site on the funding council (ESRC) website is http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/viewawardpage.aspx?awardnumber=RES-335-25-0032 and the project home page is http://www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk/annb/DLUsability/ClinicalDL.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: Howth, January 2010
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield Botanic Gardens, Feb 2010