Study-Information literacy effectiveness in PSE

An interesting study that examined different models for delivering information literacy instruction in post secondary education. Although no one perfect solution was found in developing information literacy, a varied approach may be best.

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario study examined more than 500 students at Georgian College, assessing four models:

  • providing specific information literacy courses
  • embedding information literacy into existing curriculum
  • online tutorials
  • non-mandatory tutorials

The study calls for institutions to adopt information literacy strategies that focus on teaching styles, delivery models, human resource requirements, outcome measurements and defining the benefits to student, institution and employer.

Duncan, A., Varcoe, J. (2012). Information Literacy Competency Standards for Students: A Measure of the Effectiveness of Information Literacy Initiatives in Higher Education. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Summary | Research Report (PDF) | Appendices (PDF)

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