Web 2.0 Untangled: reaching and teaching our users with new technologies

UC&R (BBO) and CoFHE MidWest Circle Web 2.0 Untangled: reaching and teaching our users with new technologies

Wolfson College, Oxford: 24th November 2010

An interesting event with technology-enriched presentations held in the context of the recently published JISC Report: Managing students’ expectations of University (November 2010) http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2010/managingexpectations.aspx

The talks included: Keynote: Web 2.0 and information literacy

Peter Godwin, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Bedfordshire Personal blog: Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 http://infolitlib20.blogspot.com/  An advocate of the use of Web 2.0 tools by Librarians, in particular for information literacy training. This talk looked at trends in mobile and social technologies. 500m Facebook users in July 2010. 50m daily tweets on Twitter. Librarians should engage with social media: be experimental and creative. We can use these as PR marketing tools for our services.

The Elluminate web conferencing technology by Helen Clough, Open University http://www.slideshare.net/helenalex

 This covered the OU experience of using Elluminate for online training for students delivered by Learning and Teaching Librarians. Since it was fully launched in Sept. 2010, there have been 719 participants at 81 sessions. 444 feedback forms returned. 407 [92% ] said they would recommend a skills session. Sessions are advertised on Twitter, Facebook, Library blog, student home page and via Faculty contacts for specific courses. There are at least 4 sessions on offer every week. ‘Introduction to Library resources’ runs 2 or 3 times a week; EndNote once a month. Some sessions at 9am, others at 8pm or weekends to cover student needs in most Time Zones.

 It feels good to be included by Artie Vossel-Newman JISC, Regional Support Centre (RSC) South East.

Demonstrated assistive technology software. MyStudy toolbar a suite of software that is free to download. This suite can be used to support information literacy. Available from: www.eduapps.org/  XP and Vista/Windows 7 versions can be downloaded and stored on USB . Includes tools for planning, reading, writing and speech/voice options. Features include: mind mapping; ‘sticky’ (post it) notes; magnifier tool; screen rulers; rapid changes to background and font colour; text to speech reader. These could help students with dyslexia or visual impairments. Also referred to: TechDis (JISC) project has Web 2.0 applications, and useful URL links http://www.techdis.ac.uk/

 Starting as we mean to go on? Technology-rich, inquiry-based learning in the first undergraduate year by Philippa Levy & Sheila Webber, University of Sheffield http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber

 An overview of the research work carried out by CILASS (Centre for Inquiry-based learning in the Arts and Social Sciences), together with a case study of 1st year students on BSc in Information Management. IBL was defined as a cluster of related pedagogies in which student inquiry or research drives the experience of learning and building knowledge. So an ‘active learning’ approach. Literature review on IBL and its design showed that there was little real mention of librarians’ role compared to that of educators, even though they are involved in the development of IL training (critical thinking, self-reflection and other capabilities). Conclusions: technologies may either integrate or fragment learning; support in using technologies is vital; use a mix of face to face and online activities; think of students as ‘researchers’ from level 1/year 1. Sheffield Companion to IBL – is free to download at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl/resources/sheffieldcompanion

Conference presentations will be loaded on the CILIP website: http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/special-interest-groups/ucr/divisions/bbo/pages/events.aspx

 Post by: Lynne M. Harris

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One Response to Web 2.0 Untangled: reaching and teaching our users with new technologies

  1. Helen Leech says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Peter Godwin, that library staff need to engage with Web 2.0. Four UK public library authorities have collaborated on a version of 23 Things, and seven plan to roll it out to frontline staff… see http://23things.wetpaint.com/. (Excuse the blatant plug!)

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