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ERIC Number: EJ880670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1522-8959
Spicing Up Information Literacy Tutorials: Interactive Class Activities that Worked
Zdravkovic, Neda
Public Services Quarterly, v6 n1 p48-64 2010
Constructivist learning theories promote students' engagement as one of the key factors in successful learning and knowledge building. Research indicates that the short attention span of adult learners, their need to "learn-by-doing," interact and multitask in the learning process can be accommodated with a positive outcome by introducing interactive class activities. Information Literacy (IL) presenters in an academic library setting face the challenges imposed by limitations of a one-shot library session. Teaching has often been discussed not only as a technique but also as an artistic and complex skill that requires continuous perfecting and a large amount of creativity invested. The literature on IL teaching approaches practiced in an academic library setting is rich with recommendations and examples of interactive teaching techniques. This article describes six working examples of interactive teaching activities applied within a variety of generic IL courses presented at the University of Auckland Library, New Zealand. Both challenging and successful working practices during the delivery of the student-centered activities are discussed. The article provides practical solutions and examples of how, despite recognized challenges, several interactive IL class activities can be performed within a short session timeframe, resulting in an engaging learning environment, increased student interest in IL program participation, and positive student feedback. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand