I would like to draw your attention to a few of the sessions I attended which I found particularly interesting so here goes :
Mary Antonesa and Claire McAvinia (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
Information Literacy and the case of the “natives”
The concept of the Digital Native started with Marc Prensky et al and encouraged librarians to do new things in order to connect with them. There has been a lot of cold water poured on this over recent years and the general consensus is that it is much more complex than this!
This presentation based on research being done for a PhD at University of Sheffield is looking at IL and its evolving relationship with literacy, the learning environment and the creation of knowledge by students. This is very much the same ground that I was looking at it
our new book so I was eager to see if her findings based on focus groups of all concerned, student observation and interviews were going to chime with what I have written.
Emerging findings emphasised :
-the importance of the transition from school to HE and the intimidating nature of online material after the transition;
-the challenge of referencing and the lack of understanding of its value ;
-in terms of teaching : dont tell us show us;
-they may think they should know and therefore do not ask.
-Library instruction is more about knowledge construction.
-Literacy development is progressive not sequential.
-It is socially negotiated.
-It depends on context.
-Need to focus on the person’s interest.
-Cannot be learned once for all time.
Amen to all these!
The second study is on the use of vles by students.
This has begun with a survey of use of undergraduate language students. The kind of use was disappointing to me (but not surprising!) L they saw it as a place to get lecture notes, the place to keep up to date with room changes etc. Lecturers were enthusiastic and later beginning to use e-lng tools, aaaand also giving tasters of secondary sources that opened up reading lists.