Convergence of literacies: Written Literacy, Information Literacy, Technology Literacy, Visual Literacy
Pointed towards MacArthur Foundation Project (Digital Media and Learning) Areas to consider (New T&L Partnerships): Center for Teaching and Learning, New Media Center, Instructional Technology Group, FIlm or Multimedia Studies Department (on our own campuses)
Methods: online tutorials, online games, contest, social networking sites, students collect resource before class & jointly critique, simulation, instruction in virtual worlds supporting materials: social sites like blogs developed by students, wikis, etc
Challenges for faculty: interest in inserting skills in faculty curriculum, willingness to collaborate, acceptance of new forms of projects, developing of grading for new forms of expressions
Challenges for librarians: broaden conception of information literacy, convergence, overall service program, not just classes, engagement in collaborative learning with students, development of new skills, promoting services to faculty
We must transform information literacy!
We will have to let go of some things (We can’t keep doing all we’ve done & add new, have to decide what to stop doing)
Assist in student transition from recreational use of technology to academic use
Provide with environment with engage students (both physically and virtually)
From Dr. Kathleen Burnett:
10 years from now the field of librarianship will mostly be digital natives
“Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach .” Mark Prensky
Digital Natives assume connectivity & see the world through he lens of games and play.
“Over the past 20 years, young adults have declined from being the most likely to read literature to those least likely. The rate of decline for the youngest adults, aged 18 to 24 was 55% greater than the total adult population. ” Kelly Hill
“Even if the lecturer is charismatic, holding the attention of students for an entire lecture of fifty minutes or longer is impossible.” Joel Foreman
“It is clear from talking with them that they already know they don’t want to live and work the way we do. ” Brian O’Reilly (However LIS enrollment is increasing and age of first enrollment is lower than it has ever been.)
Cited D. Oblinger’s research of learning preferences
Ideal learning situation: customizable, immediate feedback, constructive to explore learning environments, motivates students to persist in excess of any externally imposed requirements, builds enduring conceptual structures. (Joel Forman)
Strategies: interaction & feedback, engage, accelerate, experiential learning, increase options, peer-to-peer, more “pull” web based options, more interactive multimedia.
Suggestions for implementation:
Podcasts & vodcasts: bring other voices and faces into discussion, or students can create presentations
Blogs & social networks: support class and discussion, or extend bounds of classroom (invite other participants), or to encourage individual responsibility for information
Wikis: support collaborative development of info resources and dissemination of information, or to teach consensus building and teamwork
Games and simulations: explore relationship between physical and virtual, or to teach the concepts of programming or to engage kinetic and spatial learners
Pew Internet & American Life Project: Web 2.0 Users
Men and women balanced in Omnivore, Females tend to be Connectors
This indicates we’re equalizing in terms of computer use skills in some ways
From Kathryn Shaughnessy:
This presentation was based on a specific distance program at St. John’s University. I’m only noting things that would be useful to us, too:
Used technology to improve library instruct: creation, distribution, and impact
Used open source alternatives that could be continue to be used after graduation
Again, brought up the synthesis of literacies
Technologies of choice: Captivate for tutorials, Audacity for podcasts, WordPress for blogging, PBwiki or Wikipm for wikis, also RSS, RefWorks, Skype, del.icio.us tagging, and courseware.
Said that if you only had time to learn one technology in the coming year, she would say “RSS, all the way.” This resonates with my “RSS will change your life!”
Updated Information Literacy (Modular) Tutorial in Captivate (with images, text, and demonstration)
Academic Podcasting Initiative
Uses RefWorks to generate RSS for courses. I wonder if there would be a way to do this for our podcasting pilot using EndNote Web?
del.icio.us for course bookmarks
Skype was the second most important technology according to Shaughnessy, certainly could be useful for distance education with our abroad houses (particularly with camera)
St. John’s uses podlinez to do an audio tour of library that you can dial into on your cell phone
From Heather Tompkins:
WGS as interdisciplinary: cutting edge, CV not yet developed, falls outside traditional resources, breaks down expert/novice barriers, emphasizes connections and process, considers materials informally published
She explained social bookmarking as a way to share bookmarks across the library professionally. Do you use del.icio.us or furl? Let me know, i’ll add you to my network! (My del.icio.us account username is laurenpressley)
Pulls social bookmarks to library page
Used Flickr to annotate floor maps of the library for her specific disciplines
Pointed to Google customized search engine
Pointed to meebo widget and Google Calendar
There is a potential information literacy tie in: looking at friends’ friends is like citation research, a blogroll is like bibliography, tagging is like controlled vocab, etc.
So, to be honest, I assumed I would know everything that this session would about, and I attended mostly just to be supportive. However, it was a really really good session! The speakers articulated ideas well and shared several new ones!