Several of us from the library attended the Teaching Assessment Network presentation yesterday by Sarah Whittaker and Alan Cann.
The slides with an audio commentary for this session can be found in a previous post.
The session mainly consisted of a face to face and simultaneous twitter discussion about using Web 2.0 technologies in teaching, particularly with regards to information literacy skills.
I don’t have a particular problem twittering while listening/discussing issues face to face. However, it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and some people had problems hearing the face verbal discussion due to the tapping of keyboards and/or concentrating on the online discussion due to the amount of tangential “twittering”.
Some of the interesting points I picked up in the room and online were:
- Web 2.0 tools used included a customised google search engine, wikis, and a pageflakes page for relevant journal links and RSS feeds. All bought together through the Blackboard VLE page for the course.
- As the students saw each other daily anyway there was very little interaction online.
- The custom search and the journal pages were very popular with the students.
- The tutor saw an improvement in the quality of resources used.
- suggests it’s best to integrate appropriate Web 2.0 info literacy tools within student courses.
- Academis staff were offered library sessions on RSS and social bookmarking but take up was low – they didn’t come because they didn’t know how it would be useful?
- The library needs to expand on our Web 2.0 knowledge and the support we offer – need web 2.0 evangelists?
- More emphasis on evaluation – less on searching?
- Issues to think about teaching: advanced google searching, specialist image/audio search engines, wikipedia, youtube as reference tool, RSS, blogs/blog searching, citing new types of resources and copyright/creative commons.