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  1. Building bridges with nursing students: connecting how we want to teach with how they want to learn Margaret Forrest Andy Jackson John Lee

  2. Outline of Session • Introduction • Traditional and developing approaches to learning • Workshop 1: How do you like to teach? • Workshop 2: Learning outcomes • Information Skills (IS) Teaching for Nurses & Midwives at Dundee University • Presenting findings of a small-scale study

  3. Traditional Approaches to Learning • Training delivery methods • Leaflets and guides • One-to-one • Small groups • Lectures • Using the educator-centred approach

  4. Alternative Approaches to Learning • Constructivist approach • Individuals building on their own experience • Learning through activity and interaction with peers, experts and information • Resource-based learning • Learning through researching topics • Problem-based learning • Learning through problem solving • Using the student-centred approach

  5. Further Information • Learning and teaching column, edited by Nicky Whitsed in Health Information and Libraries Journal • See especially: Weller, M., (2004).“Developing pedagogy for the Internet”. HILJ. 21(1), pp. 74-77

  6. Workshop 1 • How do you like to teach? • How do you think your students like to learn? • Introduction to the library • Referencing skills • Web resources • Literature searching (databases)

  7. Workshop 2 • What are the learning outcomes? • How do you know your students have learned anything? • Introduction to the library • Referencing skills • Web resources • Literature searching (databases)

  8. Information Skills (IS) Teaching for Nurses & Midwives at Dundee University • Programme developed gradually and grew organically • Redesigned from scratch in 2000 • Library involved in the development of new curriculum from the start • Information skills sessions articulate directly with the competence-based curriculum • Sessions delivered using a variety of learning styles

  9. Developing A New Curriculum • A new curriculum for 2005 • Outcomes-driven • A greater utilisation of eLearning • What should the new IS curriculum look like? • It should continue to articulate with ‘new’ curriculum • The advent of NHS Scotland eLibrary allows us to introduce the idea of the ‘Lifelong Library’ • What do our students think about the IS teaching we do?

  10. Surveying Undergraduate Students • Look at the different learning styles used • Large-group lectures • Orientation visit/tour • Demonstration lecture • Hands-on workshops in smaller groups • Self-test quizzes • eLearning using VLE • Measure student attitudes to learning using above styles • Not too much statistical rigour!

  11. How Do Librarians Like To Teach? • In smaller groups • In the Library rather than in a classroom or lecture theatre environment • In an ‘anonymous’ fashion • Avoiding any form of assessment • There is a tendency to want to use VLEs to take out the ‘personal contact’ aspect

  12. How Do Our Students Like To Learn? • They don’t like to be bored! • In the classroom rather than in a Library • They want the Librarian to be visible & accessible • Self-paced learning is favoured… • …but not in their own time! • Avoiding any form of assessment • Prefer hands-on for technical subjects • They don’t like to read leaflets/training guides • They don’t like everything done through a VLE… • …but they would like more teaching done through a VLE!

  13. What Have We Learned? • Our students have differing expectations of the learning process • Librarians try to treat all students similarly • Our students are actually quite keen on computers as a medium for learning • Librarians sometimes find it hard to teach using computers • Our students aren’t always the best judges of what works • Librarians aren’t always the best judges of what works • Our students want to be able to choose how they learn • Librarians tend to concentrate on one approach

  14. Is There A Solution? • We have adopted flexible approaches to learning • eLearning/VLEs have helped • We need to keep talking to students • Do we know what they are studying, and when? • We are involved in course planning and monitoring • We are trying to get Assessment for IS • We start with the curriculum, not with the Library • We live in the student’s world – we don’t expect them to live in our Library world!

  15. Building bridges with nursing students: connecting how we want to teach with how they want to learn Margaret Forrest Andy Jackson John Lee