Friday, February 15, 2008

Current Projects 1: Web 2.0 and Information Literacy

Web 2.0 Using Web 2.0 to Cultivate Information Literacy via Construction of Personal Learning Environments
This project is funded by the University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Forum

We are generating innovative online learning materials using Web 2.0 technologies which cover generic information literacy topics. Working closely with course tutor of the MBChB Medical Law and Medical Ethics courses, we are using features such as RSS and social bookmarking to push key learning resources to students at the appropriate point in their course. Students can then use these resources at the stage in their module when it is immediately relevant to their learning. These might include short online video tutorials, collections of key resources students can add to (using collaborative social network tools), and online tutorials. The module will involve creation of a personal learning environment (PLE) based around tools of the student’s choice and students will be encouraged to add their own resources. In addition to the medical course, Web 2.0 information literacy tutorials for library users will act as supplements to face to face training, drop-in sessions or instant messaging sessions where an individually tailored approach to training can be taken. This "loosely coupled teaching" approach seeks to blend the advantages of institutional systems while leveraging the power of contemporary social software/Web 2.0 tools.

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