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Embedding information literacy in the science curriculum: a collaborative approach Karen Lycett and Pam Thornton Edith Cowan University Library Lecturer,

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1 Embedding information literacy in the science curriculum: a collaborative approach Karen Lycett and Pam Thornton Edith Cowan University Library Lecturer, Tutors, Learning Advisor, Librarians, CLD

2 “ Professional Science Essentials” background Curriculum 2012 initiative and 1 st year experience. PSE : New 1 st year foundation unit for the School of Natural Sciences Embedded graduate attributes/Skills required of professional scientists. New teaching approach: interactive workshop facilitating learning rather than imparting knowledge via lectures. Skills woven into the curriculum and based around the topic “Nanotechnology” Collaboration: Lecturer, Tutors, Learning Advisor, Librarians, CLD

3 Collaborations for Best Practice Professional Science Essentials Lecturer Tutors Librarians CLD staff Learning Advisor “value added” student activities worksheets drop in sessions referencing

4 Planning Librarians involved in the planning of workshops, projects, activity worksheets and assessments Library workshop and activities in wk 1 Established clear aims for the Library workshop Professional Science Essentials pages on the LibGuides providing online support materials for the unit.

5 Embedding IL Library Workshops (week 1): 7 workshops over 2 days, approx 160 students. PowerPoint presentation with hands on exercises. Library workshop exercises (2) Librarian ongoing involvement throughout the semester: Drop in assignment labs Librarian & Lecturer developed exercises on APA Referencing for use in specific referencing workshops credits:

6 Contributing factors to success of the program Librarian working as part of a team with common focus, purpose, commitment Workshops were compulsory Activity based with students applying concepts in the workshop Skills delivered in context High level of student engagement Highly structured with regular skills audit Follow up and reinforcement of skills

7 Student Feedback (Library related) Something I learned in this unit that is useful for my other studies Sourcing quality materials Looking for quality references Improving my referencing ++ (many students) How to use my Library resources better How to effectively research topics using reliable information Something that challenged me in this unit Researching a previously unknown topic Researching and annotated bibliographies

8 Future Directions Positive outcomes: Maximisation of staff resources Academic skills embedded at the start of the student journey Strength in collaborations Possibility of application to other courses Planning in place for next year (semester 1): Building on the 2012 program Development of further online materials In class, drop in sessions

9 Poster presentations “Continued follow up ensured that we were consistent & accurate in our message” “You were also supportive of student feedback e.g. inviting some students to complete an EndNote workshop” “The collaboration was so much more than the workshop on the day ” In conclusion : some academic staff responses


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