OLA and 21st century skills

I just attended the Ontario Library Association Conference 2017 and took part in a number of sessions related to 21st century skills.

In the session “Building an Infrastructure for Inquiry-Based Learning: Models for Transforming Library Instruction“, the presenters advocated changing our information literacy programming model to inquiry-based learning, and that to do this we need to be there when the information queries are being developed by faculty, not just at the stage when students are looking for resources. Moving to an inquiry-based model is in line with 21st century skills development and the ACRL framework.

In a session on digital skills, Mohawk College presented its Digital Skills Toolkit, which is premised on the fact that students are coming to the college without fundamental digital skills. Mohawk makes a distinction between these basic digital skills and the digital literacies, and the presenters note that the basic skills have to be in place before students can move on to become digitally literate. The Toolkit would be easy to implement in any institution.

In a session on reminagining one-shot library instruction, presenters from the University of Calgary discussed how they are moving back to one-shot general instruction, after moving away from it in 2009. They are seeing uncertainty in undergrads in identifying resources and have developed a series of four sessions, 30 minutes each, based on the ACRL Framework. They have created a libguide for each of these sessions, including two on offer this term:

Forming a Research Question

Hunting for Information




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