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Adapting Best Practices to Global Perspectives: Developing and Assessing Information Literacy Learning in the Arab World. Daphne Selbert Zayed University (ZU) Carol Hansen Weber State University (formerly with ZU) Alison Armstrong American University in Cairo (AUC). Learning Objectives.

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Adapting Best Practices to Global Perspectives: Developing and Assessing Information Literacy Learning in the Arab World

Daphne Selbert Zayed University (ZU)

Carol Hansen Weber State University (formerly with ZU)

Alison Armstrong American University in Cairo (AUC)

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Identify Information Literacy assessment methods and resources used in the Arab world & discuss issues
  • Discuss issues surrounding information literacy assessment and program development in the Middle East in order to authentically engage with colleagues in different regions or circumstances
  • Examine an award-winning online program used in a blended learning environment in order to better teach information literacy skills to second language learners
audience survey
Where is the Arab world…

Languages, culture, politics & religion …

Audience Survey
audience survey4
How many attendees teach IL…

To international and multicultural students for whom English is not their first language?

What is your view of

Education in the Arab world, particularly for Arab women?

Audience Survey
the united arab emirates
The United Arab Emirates

Population: 4,104,695 (2006) 78.1% expatriates

Size: 82,880 sq km (about the size of Maine

the zayed university experience campus profile
Established in 1998

For Emirati females

2 Campuses

Dubai and

Abu Dhabi

Currently 3,400 students

Named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, the first president of the UAE

The Zayed University Experience: Campus Profile

http://www.zu.ac.ae

the zayed university experience library profile
The Zayed University Experience: Library Profile
  • Libraries and Learning Resources
  • LC Arrangement
  • Open Stacks
  • III OPAC / Millennium
  • 100,000 volumes [print]
  • 27,000 E-books
  • 517 print periodical subscriptions
  • 46 online databases
zu student profile
ZU Student Profile
  • Emirati Females – Undergrad
  • English is a second or third language
  • Most begin their program with English Language training
  • TOEFL, now IALTS
the zayed university experience academic program course profile
Campus Wide ZULOs & Eportfolio

IL Program

Teaching at ZU

Infoasis Tutorial

Blended Learning

Language Factors & Instructional Design

The Zayed University Experience:Academic Program & Course Profile
zu assessment
ZU Assessment
  • Outcomes based
  • Formative
    • In and out of class
    • Homework and worksheets
  • Summative
    • Pre and post tests
    • End of course projects
  • Student Evaluations
data gathering
Data Gathering

Administration of online short answer

pre-test and post-test

adapting best practices what we learned at zu
Adapting Best PracticesWhat We Learned at ZU
  • Student Learning
    • Pre and post test
    • ISkills Resume
  • Language
  • Education
  • Cultural Factors
il in the arab world egypt
IL in the Arab World (Egypt)
  • The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning (2005)
the auc experience campus profile
The AUC Experience:Campus Profile
  • The American University in Cairo
    • Private, liberal arts college
    • Approximately 5,300 students
    • 89% Egyptian
    • 53% Female & 47% Male
the auc experience library profile
The AUC Experience:Library Profile
  • One of the largest English language research collections in Egypt
  • 400,000 Volumes
  • 1700 Periodical Subscriptions
  • 97 Databases
the auc experience student profile
The AUC Experience:Student Profile
  • Age
    • 18.5
  • Gender
    • 62% Female, 38% Male
  • Language
    • 76% Arabic
  • Library Experience
    • 85% H.S. Library, 31% OPAC
  • Home Internet Access
    • 100%
the auc experience course profile academic program
The AUC Experience:Course Profile & Academic Program
  • LALT 101, Introduction to Information Literacy
  • Core-curriculum, concurrent with RHET 102
  • Pass/fail
  • Meets weekly
auc assessment tools
AUC Assessment Tools
  • Pre & Post Test
    • Development
    • Sharing through ILN & AMICAL
  • The Portfolio
    • Qualitative data
    • Share with the Writing Program
adapting best practices what we learned at auc
Adapting Best PracticesWhat We Learned at AUC
  • ACRL standards & objectives as the underpinning for our exam key to success
  • Vocabulary and basic concepts important for second language learners
  • Qualitative measures are necessary for robust assessment
trends initiatives
Trends & Initiatives
  • Growth of higher education in region
  • Focus on IL
  • Information Literacy Network – ILN
    • Informal network
    • 48 librarians from over a dozen countries
    • 16 Universities from 6 countries
    • Sharing resources and ideas
how can these models help you
How can these models help you?
  • Seek collaboration and integration
  • Consider cultural contexts
  • Define values
  • Embrace change
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