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New Report from Project Information Literacy

Posted in studies with tags on December 8, 2009 by kidsarealright

Thanks to K. Schneider at Free Range Librarian for the heads-up about this new report on the information seeking behaviour of college students.  It is called Lessons Learned:  How College Students find Information in the Digital Age.

People may take it as bad news that students don’t go to librarians very often for help, but I agree with Karen – we gotta change our focus.  If we want students to use the library and library resources more, we have to get instructors to expect them to do it.

How many librarians are working on getting the library into curriculum and assignment development processes?  That is where the work has to happen.   It certainly became clear to us (one of those “I’ve always known it and now I know it” moments) in results from our own student surveys – students use library resources when asked to by their instructors e.g. when told to look for “peer-reviewed” resources.

Instructors out there – do you check your library resources when you’re developing courses, or assignments or reading lists?


OCUFA report – students less prepared

Posted in studies with tags , on April 8, 2009 by kidsarealright

This week the Ontario Conferedation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) released a report stating that students are less prepared for university education than in 2005,  according to university faculty. Are the kids alright? (Thanks, Peg!)

New Pew Study

Posted in studies with tags , on April 24, 2008 by kidsarealright

A new Pew study on teens – Writing, Technology and Teens – has just been released. From Pew:

Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their emails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.

What is the connection between use of technologies and writing skills? This has implications for education and information literacy programs – anxious to see what the data tell us!

emerging technologies and learning – new report

Posted in studies with tags on April 24, 2008 by kidsarealright

Becta, out of the UK, released a report last month – emerging technologies in learning. The report looks at developments and trends relating to emerging techs and education. One article that is of particular interest to us is Diana Oblinger’s Growing up with Google – what it means to education . Looking forward to reading it soon.