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Learning Centres in Universities Iceland University of Education. Kristín Indriðadóttir Director of the Learning Centre Iceland University of Education. Nordic Summer School on Information Literacy 11.06.2007. References.

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Learning Centres in UniversitiesIceland University of Education

Kristín IndriðadóttirDirector of the Learning CentreIceland University of Education

Nordic Summer School on Information Literacy 11.06.2007

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Centred on Learning. Academic Case Studies on Learning Centre Development. Edited by Edward Oyston. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

  • Collection of articles by staff members in Learning Centres in 4 British universities examining the development of services

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Changes in Higher Education

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Changes in Higher Education

  • The student profile has altered as concerns age, prior learning, experience, mode of study

  • Technology developments and virtual learning environments have opened up new territories

  • New models of teaching/learning (greater emphasis on resource-based and independent learning approaches, distance learning)

  • Official encouragement of lifelong learning

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Where to meet the students

  • Difficult to assume prior skills

  • Many students have not mastered necessary study skills or IT-skills but have recent experience of education and study

  • Older students have valuable experience but not recent experience of being a student

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The needs of academic staff

  • Individual needs are different, academic staff have different competence but have to meet quality standards and various new challenges – they need assistance

  • The teachers’ skills in using virtual learning environments have to be developed as many of them do not have necessary IT skills

  • Those who wish to take the lead in developing education need encouragement, support and facilities

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Information & Learning Management systems

  • More and more large and expensive information and learning management systems are used in universities

  • There is a need to maximize the use and effectiveness of these systems and provide as seamless access to them as possible

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How to react to the situation?

  • Traditional libraries are not able to support the way that technology is increasingly embedded in student learning

  • In Learning Centres a wider view of student learning support is taken and the students’ need for a safety net to support the entire learning process is acknowledged

  • New technology (software, databases, email, computer-based learning materials) has led to a blurring of academic support boundaries

  • The support services must have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of the academic staff

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The Iceland University of Education The Learning Centre

  • The Iceland University of Education (IUE) has met the challenges through organizational convergence of academic support services

  • The Learning Centre (with a staff of 21) consists of two divisions, the Library (10) and the Computer and Media Centre (10), under the administration of one director and two managers

  • These two divisions support the entire learning and teaching process, research and administration

  • The two divisions are situated in the same building

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Iceland University of EducationStudent population (2006)

  • Undergraduate studies 1577

    • Thereof distant learners =715 = 45%

  • Postgraduate studies 505

    • Thereof distant learners = 505 = 100%

      Total student number 2082 (women 82,4%)

      –Thereof distant learners =1310 = 62,9%

  • New students 2006 635

  • Graduates 2006662

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Iceland University of EducationStaff (2006)

  • Professors18

  • Associate Professors21

  • Assistant Professors66

  • Adjunkt Lecturers40(28,2 posts)

  • Other staff66 (61,9)

    • Total 211 (194,5)

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The Iceland Univ. of EducationCampus - Computer facilities

  • Four different places in Reykjavík (269 / 92 / 15 / 6 workstations)

  • Physical Education is taught at Laugarvatn, 90 km to the south from Reykjavík; small library branch with 0,5 staff (47 workstations)

    • Total = 400+ computer workstations

    • 1000+ = students laptops connected to the wireless network

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Information Literacy – Involvement in planning

  • The aim of enabling students to be competent users of information is central to the learning approach

  • Not many students arrive in Higher Education with these skills

  • Information literacy develops over a period of time and the input must be at an appropriate pace

  • Close contact with teachers, team working, use of LMs

  • Easier for converged services than a library to involve in planning?

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The future challenge for the LC of IUE

  • There will still be an increasing pace of change

  • The merging process of IUE and UI will be a great challenge

  • The UI aims to become one of the 100 best universities in the world

  • The policy of UI is to increase academic support services

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