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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)


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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


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Where is the Arab world

Languages, culture, politics & religion …

Audience Survey


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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


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The United Arab Emirates

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

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


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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


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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


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ZU Student Profile

  • Emirati Females – Undergrad

  • English is a second or third language

  • Most begin their program with English Language training

  • TOEFL, now IALTS


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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



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ZU Assessment

  • Outcomes based

  • Formative

    • In and out of class

    • Homework and worksheets

  • Summative

    • Pre and post tests

    • End of course projects

  • Student Evaluations


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Data Gathering

Administration of online short answer

pre-test and post-test


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Adapting Best PracticesWhat We Learned at ZU

  • Student Learning

    • Pre and post test

    • ISkills Resume

  • Language

  • Education

  • Cultural Factors


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IL in the Arab World (Egypt)

  • The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning (2005)


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The AUC Experience:Campus Profile

  • The American University in Cairo

    • Private, liberal arts college

    • Approximately 5,300 students

    • 89% Egyptian

    • 53% Female & 47% Male


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The AUC Experience:Library Profile

  • One of the largest English language research collections in Egypt

  • 400,000 Volumes

  • 1700 Periodical Subscriptions

  • 97 Databases


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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%


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The AUC Experience:Course Profile & Academic Program

  • LALT 101, Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Core-curriculum, concurrent with RHET 102

  • Pass/fail

  • Meets weekly


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AUC Assessment Tools

  • Pre & Post Test

    • Development

    • Sharing through ILN & AMICAL

  • The Portfolio

    • Qualitative data

    • Share with the Writing Program


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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


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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


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How can these models help you?

  • Seek collaboration and integration

  • Consider cultural contexts

  • Define values

  • Embrace change