Thursday, November 16, 2017

Presentations from #ECIL2017

Many presentations from European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) that took place on September 2017 are now on the website http://ecil2017.ilconf.org/
Go to the Speakers and program tab, and if the presentation is there, it will be linked in its place in the programme. Lots of of aspects of information literacy are covered, and with presentations from many countries around the world.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Call for #LOEX2018 breakout sessions

You only have 2 more days (deadline 17 November) to propose sessions for LOEX 2018, theme New Frontiers: Exploring and Innovating in Uncharted Territory, which takes place May 3-5, 2018 in Houston, Texas, USA. Proposals should be for for 50-minute long presentations or interactive workshops. "This year’s LOEX tracks are:  
Pedagogy: Space Camp - Techniques for Preparing the Next Generation;
Learning & Assessment: Is There Life Out There? - Evidence of Learning Through Assessment;
Leadership: Ground Control to Major Tom - Directing the Mission;  
Technology and Innovation: Moonshot - Ambition through Technology & Innovation;
Collaboration: International Space Station - Working Together for the Greater Good;  
Failures and Problem Solving: Houston, We Have a Problem - Radical Solutions for When Things Go Wrong 
(I think I spot an underlying theme there!) More info at http://www.loexconference.org/breakoutproposals.html
Photo by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, November 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recent articles: Information behaviour of cult media fans; three teaching methods

Recent articles from the priced publication Journal of Information Science, Volume 43, Issue 5, 2017 include:
- Price, L. and Robinson, L. 'Being in a knowledge space’: Information behaviour of cult media fan communities, pp. 649–664
- Dolničar, D. et al. A comparative study of three teaching methods on student information literacy in stand-alone credit-bearing university courses, pp. 601–614
Contents page at http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jisb/43/5
Photo by Sheila Webber: St James Church, November 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

#milclicks live Facebook session 14 November

As part of the #MILCLICKS campaign (to encourage people to use their Media and Information Literacy before clicking and sharing!) there is a live webinar on the MILCLICKS Facebook page. There was already a session on 9 November (and you can see the comments from that on the Facebook page) and the one on the 14 November takes place at 11am Paris (France) time which is 10am UK time, and it will be led by Philippe Coen, President of Respect Zone (France). The topic is Privacy online: how important is it? Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MILCLICKS/ and webpage at https://en.unesco.org/MILCLICKS

Friday, November 10, 2017

Recent articles: public libraries and infolit; how well do librarians cite

Reference and User Services Quarterly is now open access, and volume 57 number 1, 2017 includes:
- For Your Enrichment: Developing a Reflective Practice Template for Citation Management Software Instruction - Steven D. Milewski, Jeanine M. Williamson
- Information Literacy and Instruction: For Your Information: Using Information Literacy in Public Libraries - Sonnet Ireland
- Giving Credit: How Well Do Librarians Cite and Quote Their Sources? - Peter Genzinger, Deborah Wills [the answer is - not perfectly well!]
https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/issue/view/657
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn rose, November 2017

Scottish fact checking combating #fakenews

From a recent CILIP Scotland conference - an informative presentation, with examples, from Alastair Brian of Ferret Fact Service (which happens to not-coincidentally abbreviate to FFS) Combating ‘fake news’ – Separating fact from fiction in an ever-changing world . FFS is "Scotland’s first fact-checking service, set up after funding from Google, but editorially independent" and has been accepted into the international fact checking network: https://theferret.scot/category/fact-check/


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

#ECIL2018 call for papers - and 4000th blog post!

For my four thousandth post on this blog I announce the call for papers for the European Conference on Information Literacy. This is due to take place September 24-27, 2018, in Oulu, Finland. Information Literacy in Everyday Life is the main theme (e.g. IL in hobbies, arts, self-development, sports, physical exercise, cooking), but as usual there is a range of information literacy themes that you can choose to address e.g. Information literacy for different groups, in different cultures and countries, ethical/social issues, IL and the neoliberal agenda, IL and the digital empowerment, IL and trans/inter/multiculturalism. There are various options: full-papers, posters, PechaKucha, best practices, workshops, panels, special sessions, and doctoral forum. Abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2018. More information at http://ecil2018.ilconf.org/
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn leaves frame the sky, November 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Librarian engaging with first year undergraduates?

Lisa Hinchliffe is seeking participants for online (90 min) focus groups about student information literacy misconceptions. "The process of learning includes not only success in developing knowledge, skills, and abilities but also mistakes and errors that impede such success. In any domain of learning, instructors will have developed a sense of the typical errors learners make. Wiggins and McTigue, in Understanding by Design (2005), term these “predictable misunderstandings” and encourage consideration of them in the instructional design process in order to anticipate and overcome learner misconceptions. There has been limited systematic investigation and documentation of predictable misunderstandings in information literacy learning in higher education. This research project is intended to begin to fill that gap." If you engage with first years about information literacy you can sign up here https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/4521807 and any question to Lisa Hinchliffe (ljanicke@illinois.edu)
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn branches, Sheffield, November 2017

#DigitalLiteracy Impact Study

The New Media Consortium (NMC) released Digital Literacy Impact Study An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief

This "uncovers the learner’s perspective of how digital literacy training influences work life after graduation. ... More than 700 recent graduates from 36 [North American] institutions responded to an NMC survey that addressed the experiences they gained at colleges and universities, and how their proficiencies or lack thereof have affected their careers." They ask about what respondents felt they learnt about in the undergraduate courses, and how valuable they find aspects of digital literacy in their workplace. Their framework overlaps with information literacy, but IL isn't mentioned (except for referring to the ACRL Standards for IL (not the current ACRL Framework) as useful further reading) which seems a missed opportunity. In fact, finding and evaluating information are aspects that emerge as better covered in undergraduate programmes. NMC also note that "Funding for this independent research endeavor and publication was provided by Adobe."
https://www.nmc.org/publication/2017-digital-literacy-impact-study-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/
This links up to the NMC Digital Literacy Report released recently, which outlined aspects of digital literacy https://www.nmc.org/publication/digital-literacy-part-ii-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/
Photo by Sheila Webber: Firth Court, Sheffield University, November 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Game is On! #copyright

The Game is On! is "a series of short animated films that put copyright and creativity under the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes, providing a unique, research-led and open access resource for school-aged learners and other creative users of copyright. Drawing inspiration from well-known copyright and public domain work, as well as recent copyright litigation, these films provide a springboard for exploring key principles and ideas underpinning copyright law, creativity, and the limits of lawful appropriation and reuse." There is also related material that can be used by educators. The website is " an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The goal is to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights." The website is at http://www.copyrightuser.org/educate/the-game-is-on/

Thanks to Jane Secker and others who linked to useful resources in a recent Twitter discussion as part of https://twitter.com/hashtag/LTHEchat?src=hash


The Game is On! - The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair from CopyrightUser.org on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

MOOC from #futurelearn - Making Sense of Data in the Media

The Sheffield Methods Institute (based at my own University, the University of Sheffield, UK) is running once more a three week MOOC, starting on November 6 2017: Making Sense of Data in the Media. You can follow and participate in the MOOC for free, but if you want access to the material after the course is finished, or if you want a completion certificate, you have to pay a fee of £32. "The course is created by the Sheffield Method’s Institute, part of the Q-Step Programme which is dedicated to improving understanding of quantitative social science skills in the UK and abroad. To learn more about the course, watch the trailer and sign up for free please visit the course page here."
Topics are: Recognising the ‘size’ of numbers that are reported in the media; How change and risk are reported; How social statistics are created, paying particular attention to survey data; What we can learn from census categories; the different ways that surveys can be conducted and the impact that different formats can have on the results; How to draw a representative sample from a population.; Sources of measurement error in surveys; Measuring sensitive or difficult subjects; Checking whether data is trustworthy by reviewing the methodology; How to calculate the Margin of Sampling Error (MoSE); The difference between correlation and causation; Where to find existing sources of data; How to develop a quantitative research project.
Go to https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/media-data/
Photo by Sheila webber: autumn, Sheffield, October 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Events: The Innovative Teacher; Introduction to Design Thinking; New Directions in Information Literacy

The CONUL Teaching & Learning Seminar The Innovative Teacher takes place on 16 November 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. Keynote speakers are Emma Coonan (talking on New tricks? Negotiating the librarian identity) and David Streatfield (talking on How can you tell if it is working? Evaluating the impact of educational innovations). Information at http://www.conul.ie/annual-seminar-2017/

Also Library Juice Academy online (asychronous) courses coming up in November include:
- Introduction to Design Thinking (Carli Spina) US $175
- Informal Learning in the Academic Library (Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski) US $175
- Online Instructional Design and Delivery (Mimi O'Malley) US $250
- New Directions in Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices (Andrea Baer) US $250
Details at http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/courses.php
Photo by Sheila Webber: Michaelmas daisies, October 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Digital Savvy Citizens

There is a new publication from the Carnegie Trust
White, D. (2017). Digital Savvy Citizens. ISBN: 978-1-909447-75-2. https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/digital-savvy-citizens/
"How do we navigate information, privacy and security issues online? Digital Savvy Citizens presents new research data which looks at where we find information on breaking news stories and local services; how we use public wifi; and how we manage privacy and security settings on our phones. The data, compiled for the Trust by Ipsos MORI, highlights key differences in behaviour by age, gender and socio-economic group, as well as differences between England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland."
There were indeed interesting variations by age group, by socio-economic group, and by home nation.
Photo by Sheila Webber: hydrangea, October 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Playful learning in libraries #uklibchat

The next uklibchat is Playful learning in libraries. The chat takes place in Twitter using the #uklibchat hashtag, on 7 November 2017, between 18.30 and 20.30 UK time (which is e.g. 1.30pm to 3.30pm US Eastern time). "This chat will be focused on the possibilities of playful learning approaches and pedagogies for engaging clients, teaching information and digital literacies as well as developing and managing staff, inspired by the latest Playful Learning conference" There is an article introducing this chat topic at https://uklibchat.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/feature-post-45-playful-learning/ The chat agenda, that you can read and add to, is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F8ypObziBhP89WRnEB-EonMbWVTcUPBXRZpsDk6dXk8/edit?usp=sharing

Friday, October 27, 2017

MIL CLICKS Twitter discussion #GlobalMILWeek

As one component of Global MIL Week 2017, the MIL CLICKS Twitter Webinar is being held tomorrow 28 October 2017 on the topic Privacy online: How important is it? in the form of Twitter Q&A sessions. The webinar will virtually gather a group of experts in the field of media and information literacy and privacy, as well as youth leaders, to discuss the topic through tweets and to answer questions from interested people around the world.
There are three time slots for different time zones. Each slot has a duration of 1 hour. Each presenter (intervening via Twitter) can choose one or several slots to participate. The detailed time slots are below:
- Asia-Pacific: 15:00 – 16:00 (Beijing and Singapore Time)
- Africa and Europe: 14:00 – 15:00 (Cape Town, Cairo, Belgrade and Paris Time)
- North America and South America: 11:00 – 12:00 (Washington and Kingston Time)
During the allotted time, the presenters along with the UNESCO @MILCLICKS Twitter page will tweet around the topic using the hashtag #GlobalMILWeek.
Presenters will tweet to discuss the topic and share relevant resources.Anyone holding a Twitter account can tweet to ask questions in connection with the topic to any of the presenters in using the @ function (a list of presenters' Twitter handles will be made available on social media and on the webpage of the MIL CLICKS webinar)
Tagged presenters who receive a pertinent question shall respond and give an answer, comment or opinion in one or several tweets with the hashtag #GlobalMILWeek.
Presenters will tweet on their own Twitter page. The @MILCLICKS Twitter account will also post relevant content. See more about MIL CLICKS at: https://en.unesco.org/milclicks.

MIL in Latin America, CIS, China, Sweden #globalmilweek

The last plenary at the Global Media and Information Literacy Week conference is on Incorporating MIL in education policies and other social policies and programmes.
The session was moderated by Carolyn Wilson (Chair, GAPMIL International Steering Committee, Lecturer, Western University, Canada). The first speaker was Tomas Durán-Becerra (National Research Director, National Unified Corporation of National Education, Colombia) who talked about MIL in Latin America. He started by acknowledging the work of Jesus Lau. They had undertaken a content analysis of documents relating to policies, curricila etc. in 11 Latin American countries, as well as a literature review, and examination of relevant statistics. They identified whether there were relevant national agencies or campaigns. A questionnaire was produced: asking questions about MIL curriculum, policy, MIL industry and telecommunications industry, MIL and civil society, and other MIL activities. The speaker presented findings in terms of literacy rates, internet users etc.
In terms of some larger conclusions: on the good side, for example, there is a variety of OERs, all countries have departments for education and access to and policies on technology, but there were problems in a number of MIL-specific areas e.g. few countries had MIL agencies/departments, there were few MIL policies, there is a huge emphasis on digital skills, but little development of media competence. (There was lots of detail in this presentation, I couldn't capture a lot of it)
Out of all this they calculated the MIL-readiness, Costa Rica came out as the most MIL ready and Ecuador the least (using the UNESCO assessment framework). There were big differences in some specific categories, e.g. Civil Society.

Wang Tiande (Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China) presented on the research status of China's media literacy education. He said that media literacy was effectively introduced into China in 1997 as a research topic. In 2003 the first international media literacy conference was hosted in China. Strands of ML research included: developing ML theory and focusing on ML practice (including looking at ML education in schools and teacher training). Distinctive specialisms, relating ML to other subjects, also have emerged.

Monika Johansson and Tobias Ruhtenberg (University of Borås, Sweden) talked about Media and Information Literacy in education. They described a course, of the same name, based on the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy framework. It is an online course, with the target learners being educators and librarians. Topics include the MIL concept, digital tools, professional development, collaboration between teachers and school librarians, social media and big data, source evaluation, the digital divide, action research, and sustainability of MIL development.
Collaborators are the Swedish Media Council, the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, Filmpedagogerna, and the Nordicom Clearinghouse at the University of Gothenburg. Additionally the two speakers come from different departments (librarianship and education). Course work consists of a report on a practical MIL project and a wiki-page demonstrating critical skills. Following on from this they are talking with Kenyan partners on extending the course and incorporating intercultural dialogue.

Tatiana Murovana (UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, Russia) was the next speaker. She identified that there had been an increase in activities and awareness of MIL in the Commonwealth of Independent States. For example, there are secondary school curricula incorporating MIL in Moldova and Armenia, Russia had a government programme on the information society (but the latter only focusing on media literacy, rather than MIL). There has been localisation and promotion of the UNESCO MIL curriculum for teachers in Russia.
Nevertheless , media education is a sensitive issue as regards values and social effects, which can hinder its acceptance and development. The speaker felt that there was a need to have a more unified MIL brand and definition,
Finally Leo Pekkala talked about Shifts in Media Literacy education paradigms. He contrasted school education in the 1950s with the current Finnish approach which supports learners constructing their own reality, and this includes developing multiliteracies. He said that there had been a Media Literacy Week for 6 years in Finland, and there is also a gaming week. As an example, one thing they developed to help develop media literacy in politics is http://www.populismibingo.fi/en On the other hand he warned against seeing ML as a solution for everything. Pekkala referred to the term “expansive learning”, which is required for being able to learn about/discover new ways of doing things in a changing world. Finally, Media Literacy was not needed for itself, but for what it can support or enable e.g. peace.
Photo by Sheila Webber