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  1. Collaborative Integration of Information Literacy:A Progress Report from General Chemistry Course Jung Oh Associate Professor of Chemistry Department of Arts, Sciences and Business College of Technology and Aviation Kansas State University-Salina jroh@sal.k-state.edu

  2. Information Literacy (Fluency)Faculty and Librarian Partnership Jung Oh, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry / General Chemistry Judy Collins. Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English / Technical Writing Beverlee Kissick. Ph.D. Director of Libraries, Sociology/Educational Technology Alysia Starkey, MLS Technical Services/Automation Coordinator

  3. Background • One of nine K-State University Colleges College of Engineering Technology and Aviation • Associates and Bachelors degrees • Approximately 1,000 students • Introductory / General Chemistry Courses mechanical and electronic/computer engineering technology elective natural science courses • UGE (University General Education) course To incorporate an active learning environment and an opportunity for students to connect ideas BCCE Oh

  4. What is Information Literacy (Fluency)? • “Set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed, and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” American Library Association (ALA) Definition of IL • “It is a prerequisite for participating effectively in the Information Society and part of the basic human right of life long learning." US National Commission on Library and Information Science, 2003 • “ may be seen as a process; as an amalgam of skills, attitudes and knowledge; as the ability to learn; or as a complex of ways of experiencing information use.” Bruce, C. (August 2000).Information literacy programs and research: an international review, Australian Library Journal, 49, 209-218. BCCE Oh

  5. ACRL’s Characteristics of Successful Info Lit (IL) CampusesAssociation of College and Research Libraries • IL is a learning issue not a library issue • Strong partnership between librarians and faculty in planning and implementing IL curriculum • IL integration into student learning outcomes Assessment on progress • IL skills institutionalized across the curriculum BCCE Oh

  6. Standards for Science, Engineering/Technologyby ALA/ACRL/STS on IL for Science & Engineering/Technology, 2006 IL literate students • determines the nature and extent of the information needed. 2. acquires needed information effectively and efficiently. • evaluates the procured info- and its sources, decides whether or not to modify the initial query and/or seek additional source and whether to develop a new research process. • understands the economic, ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of info- and its technologies, uses info- effectively, ethically, and legally to accomplish a specific purpose. • understands that IL is an ongoing process and an important component of lifelong learning and recognizes the need to keep current regarding new developments in his or her field. http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/infolitscitech.htm BCCE Oh

  7. The Characteristics of Effective Information Literacy Assignments • Originate from course subject matter • Show students the purpose of research and its benefits • Emphasize analysis of issues over answers • Assist students with planning, before /during information retrieval • Provide opportunities for feedback throughout the process from instructor, peer, librarian • Introduce competencies in stages • Discuss the process, not just the project (encourage transfer of skills) Werell, E.L. and Wesley, T.L. (1990). Promoting Information Literacy through a faculty workshop Research Strategies,8(4), 172-180. BCCE Oh

  8. Information Literacy Assessment • At least four levels assessment of IL library, classroom, on campus, beyond the campus • Importance of notseparating IL from the overarching goals of education and the overall assessment of students learning • Do students have technical, conceptual and critical thinking skills of IL to succeed their profession?” Iannuzzi, Patrcia (1999) We Are Teaching, But Are They Learning: Accountability Productivity, and Assessment Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 25, No .4 (1999): 304-5 BCCE Oh

  9. IL integration into general chemistry course • responsibility faculty and librarian collaborative partnership • content assignments focusing on concepts and process • teaching methods facilitate and guide • assessment competency BCCE Oh

  10. Partnership Development 2003 Instructor and librarian individual approach for IL 2004 Building Instructor and Librarian partnership Library In-service lecture Chemistry Section Guide for resources Technical Writing Course student collaboration 2005 Strengthening/expanding partnership Assignment and process revision Writing Center collaboration Technical Writing Course student collaboration 2006 Integrating partnership Lecture on IL by instructor Follow-up individual consultation by librarian BCCE Oh

  11. Students Interact with • Course Instructor Assignment guideline, lecture on IL • Librarians In-Service guest lecture/face to face consultation • Writing Center faculty/staff Report consultation • Peers from same/different course Chemistry / Technical Writing • Integration of Technology – Virtual Team BCCE Oh

  12. General Chemistry Assignment I. Pre-lab activity for “Chromatography” lab Search for information about chromatography using database, internet, and/or print references. Find out how chromatography is used in your field. • Report on “Chemicals in Everyday Consumer Product” Search for information about the active ingredient chemicals in your favorite consumer products, using reliable sources. Reflect as information literate consumer. BCCE Oh

  13. Chromatography Pre-Lab Assignment Section I: Explain your search path: What search engine or database did you use? Explain the steps you followed. What key words did you type in? How did you narrow your search? Was the site/source that you started useful for your purpose? Why or why not? How did you select the sources you used? BCCE Oh

  14. Chromatography Pre-Lab Assignment Section II: Indicate the time spent, separately, on search and writing: How many hours did you spend on searching and evaluating information? How many hours did you spend on writing and revising your report? Section III: Write a summary of researched information and explain reasons for choosing sources: What criteria did you use to select each source? How many total sources did you select from? How did you decide which sources were useful? Explain why. BCCE Oh

  15. Chromatography Pre-Lab Assignment Section IV: Reflect on your learning experience: What did you learn about in terms of subject (chromatography), discipline (chemistry), information management, and/or time management? How would you manage your time differently if you did this again? What advice would you give to another student? What do you think of chromatography and its application for your life? BCCE Oh

  16. Chemicals in Everyday Consumer Product Section I: Consumer Products and Active Ingredients Choose one of your favorite everyday consumer products. Select one or two “active ingredient” chemicals. Present the product name and active ingredients name. Briefly describe why you have chosen a certain product. BCCE Oh

  17. Chemicals in Everyday Consumer Product Section II: Active Ingredient Chemical Information Provide chemical name, formula and/or structure of the active ingredient chemicals. Investigate the properties and functions of these chemicals. Explain major uses and applications of these chemicals. List other consumer products containing these chemicals. Evaluate benefits and precautions when using products containing these chemicals. BCCE Oh

  18. Chemicals in Everyday Consumer Product Section III: Information Evaluation Indicate whether the information comes from reliable resources or organizations and why they are reliable. Indicate what criteria you used to select information, how you decided which sources were useful and why you did (or not) use certain sources after researching information. Section IV: Reflection as information literate consumer Describe information about the product/the active ingredient that you did not know before this assignment. Describe any change that you might make when using the consumer product after this assignment. BCCE Oh

  19. Database use before & after IL Curriculum February 2002 February 2005 InfoTrac Retrievals 47 InfoTrac Retrievals 756 InfoTrac Searches 238 InfoTrac Searches 1458 Expanded Academic Expanded Academic Retrievals 25 Retrievals 488 Expanded Academic Expanded Academic Searches 149 Searches 1039 BCCE Oh

  20. IL component perception: What does the term “Information Literacy” mean to you? (Mark all that apply.) Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Spring 2006 Library CHM CHM 100 pre and post survey (N= 373) (N= 30) (N=27) 36.7% 48.1% 55.6 80.0 % A Library Instruction 47.7% 66.7 % 77.8 80.0 % B Computer Literacy 40.8% 55.6 % 66.7 70.0 % C Critical Thinking 36.2% 40.7 % 74.1 75.0 % D Communication 19.0% 14.8 % 37.0 65.0 % E Ethics 33.5% 40.7 % 55.6 65.0 % F Lifelong Learning BCCE Oh

  21. IL perception: Spring 2006 pre-survey I do expect assignment that requires searching information as part of CHM 110 course work. 4 very 12 somewhat 9 not very 2 none I am comfortable to search information when an instructor does not give references. 11 very 12 somewhat 3 not very 1 none I am comfortable to evaluate the web resources. 14 very 9 somewhat 3 not very 1 none I am comfortable to use database for my assignment effectively. 11 very 10 somewhat 4 not very 1 none I am comfortable to use my source with proper citation. 12 very 10 somewhat 4 not very 1 none I agree that lectures on databases and advanced internet search would be beneficial for my undergraduate learning experience. 7 very 15 somewhat 3 not very 2 none I agree that class periods designated for lecture for Information Literacy in Chemistry course were worthwhile. 5 very 17 somewhat 5 not very 0 none BCCE Oh

  22. “Chromatography” Reflections Student: Self-statement on the time spent for “Chromatography” average time spent for the assignment 2003 1.5 hours 2004 2.9 hours Library In-Service Lecture 2006 4.7 hours IL lecture by faculty Library face to face consultation Writing Center consultation Instructor observation quantity of cited references and quality of search path and resources show improvement BCCE Oh

  23. Student Survey at the end of semester Spring 2004 General Chemistry (CHM11) Student Survey Q. Library Inservice lectures on databases and advanced internet search were beneficial. 44% agreed or strongly agreed. 3.2 in 1-5 scales with 5 as strongly agreed. Q. Class periods designated for library lectures for Information Literacy were worthwhile. 45% agreed or strongly agreed. 3.2 in 1-5 scales with 5 as strongly agreed. BCCE Oh

  24. Students’ reflection “- Doing the research before gave me a good idea of the procedure and the daily life applications of chromatography” “- I also learned a great deal about writing a good lab report in the many revisions we did on our reports.” “ - My initial thoughts of chromatography and electronics were that the only correlation would be manufacture of chromatography devices. I was surprised to find that the use of chromatography is becoming so instrumental in the reliability of electronic components and in particular semiconductor devices.” “ - I prefer doing Internet searches, but I do know the limitations with that. For one, not all of the information can be trusted or are reliable. The one advantage of the Internet has over subscription-based databases is that information on the Internet can more current and up-to-date. The down side with that is that it is usually very “raw.” --- BCCE Oh

  25. Group Presentation(chemistry/technical writing courses) BCCE Oh

  26. Group Communication • Pre-lab search (internet / database) “ – Doing the research before gave me a good idea of the procedure and the daily life applications of chromatography” • Inquiry lab “—gave me a chance to almost be like a detective –” • Lab report “- I also leaned a great deal about writing a good lab report in the many revisions we did on our reports.” BCCE Oh

  27. Students’ reflection • Pre-lab search (internet / database) “ – Doing the research before gave me a good idea of the procedure and the daily life applications of chromatography” • Inquiry lab “—gave me a chance to almost be like a detective –” • Lab report “- I also leaned a great deal about writing a good lab report in the many revisions we did on our reports.” BCCE Oh

  28. Lessons learned • Recognize the importance of timing and tailoring of IL instruction. • Be flexible and enjoy the learning experience. Don’t worry about making everything perfect the first time. • For librarian, remember it is the faculty member’s course. For faculty, remember the librarian has a specific set of skills that can complement your own. • Focus on integration. BCCE Oh

  29. Questions? Thanks! BCCE Oh