Sunday, October 23, 2005

Information Literacy

Information Literacy - how do we ensure students get the required skills? Is Information Literacy enough or do we need to look at the wider range of Multi-literacy’s?

Christine Bruce and Ilene Rockman sum up my understanding of information literacy when they say - "Information literacy is a natural extension of the concept of literacy in our information society. Information literacy education is the catalyst required to transform the information society of today into the learning society of tomorrow Information Literacy education has the power to transform the learning process into one that will empower learners, and give them the capacity to engage in self directed lifelong learning outside the formal education environment.” (Bruce 2004). "Information literacy … is the critical campus wide issue for the twenty – first century, of keen importance to all educational stakeholders…an information literacy curriculum is problem based, inquiry-based, and resource-based; makes effective uses of instructional pedagogies and technologies; is learner centred; and is integrated and articulated with a discipline’s learning outcomes.” (Rockman 2004)

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the Business Council of Australia (2002) studied the skills required by new and existing employees. They found that considerable work had been done in various countries to find generic skills required by all employees. Comparing the skills of various countries, an ‘Employability skills Framework’ was drawn up for Australia.

In the VET sector training packages are used to deliver training. Each training package has a set of ‘units of competency’ that are used to ensure students are trained competently to an Australian wide standard in the various industries.
On taking a deeper look at the Training packages we can see where – Information literacy and indeed employability skills - can be incorporated. However in a lot of the ‘units of competency’ they are considered to be underpinning knowledge and therefore there is no accommodation made for these skills to be taught.

I have been working on a project to look at training packages to find out where Information Literacy can be embedded. This project is bigger than Ben Her, given the number of training packages in existence.

The idea is to enlist the help of others that work with training packages and perhaps each person could take responsibility for a different one. You would undertake the research into a Training Package and then share that information with everyone else so that the burden shared makes the load lighter.

I am proposing that we research Training Packages and find the ‘units of competency’ best suited to embedding Information Literacy. Then we can look at developing a set of assessment strategies that we can suggest to teachers so they can assess the unit addressing the Australia and New Zealand Information literacy framework, the Prague declaration on Information literacy principles, Employability skills and the Mayer competences.

If you are interested in working on this project please email me and I will organise a planning session, either virtually or personally

Friday, October 21, 2005

Partnering for Professionalism - e-learning networks

Everybody uses Acronyms and shortcuts today, especially in texting, I found this site which helps make sense of some of the more obscure ones and is entertaining too! The site also has links to downloads for mobile devices (but there is a charge for that)
Hope to see the Brisbane group again, this Wednesday 26/10
Cheers, Robert

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Stephen Downes digital research laboratory - online learning

Founded in 1995, Stephen’s Web is best described as a digital research laboratory for innovation in the use of online media in education. More than just a site about online learning, it is intended to demonstrate new directions in the field for practitioners and enthusiasts:

This is some site! Stephen provides articles (400) , publications, audios, and presentations.

The site newsletter, OLDaily, is an example of what would today be called a blog. Stephen’s Web was the world’s first educational blog, beginning in 1998 with dated links and commentary. The current version, OLDaily, was launched in May, 2001.

OLDaily is authored using a custom content management system. Links submitted are stored in a database. The newsletter is generated automatically as HTML content, text content, an RSS syndicated feed, and Javascript syndication. All four versions of OLDaily are available as email subscription newsletters.

Have a browse - it is mind boggling!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Review Workshops - Partnering for Professsionalism Project

These review workshops aim to:

  • Continue the collaboration between members of the PfP network
  • Share progress on individual and team projects
  • Record the outcomes from the Pfp project
  • Identify the forces helping and hindering collaboration
  • Identify projects for the future

Review workshops are scheduled as follows.

Invitations to register will be sent to each member of the Network.

  • Rockhampton Group - 17th October videoconference: 9-11
  • Sunshine Coast Group - to be rescheduled
  • Gold Coast Group - 24th October: 9am to 12 pm
  • 31/8 Brisbane Group - 26 October: 11am - 1pm
  • Cairns Group - 27th October: 9am to 12pm
  • Townsville Group - 28th October: 9am to 12 pm
  • 15/8 Brisbane Group - 31st October: 9am to 12 pm
  • 19/8 Brisbane Group - 2 November: 9am to 12 pm
  • Toowoomba Group - to be finalised.

Note: Details of rooms and locations will be provided in the invitation emails.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Online Learning Research from an avid blogger

Online Learning Update

Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus/Director Office of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Illinois, at Springfield has produced an ongoing update of online learning research in his blog, Online Learning Update.

This blog provides brief summaries of, and links to, the latest research worldwide.

Online Learning Update of Current News and Research has been in continuous operation since June 18, 2001.

4,900 postings in archives at July 2005. These are searchable via a text box search.

Ray's posting schedule: 6:00 am ct - 365 days/year

Online Learning Update

Wikkis for fun and education

A wikki is defined by the Wikkipedia as:
A wiki (pronounced: weekee) is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The term Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website (see Wiki software). Its a very effective way to exchange information through collaborative effort.

Wikkipedia itself is an endless resource - an Encyclopedia that anyone can update:
(There is a listing of other wikki's reference sources at the bottom of this page)

A specilialised referece for Podcasting is also given at:

A community wikki that also explains the term wikki and discusses pros and cons , etc is:
(see also

Two people who have been using wikkis within the Learnscope environment and beyond are:

Sean Fitzgerald's Wikis:
Leigh Blackall


Edit Me, provides a platform for creating a wikki with hosting (at a price):

Fascinating stuff:

There is a link on the far right of the PfP blog to "Blogs and Wikkis - Edna Online Resources"

(you may have to scroll down the home page of the blog to find the links again)

This resource is mainly about blogs, with one reference to wikkis:
University of British Columbia's Office of Technology Learning wiki:
(This is a bit technical and disjointed - a feature of wikkis, I understand).

UBC does have an introductory piece that gives some hints for creating wikkis, a site called WikkiBasics:

hypar » Helping Young People at Risk - resources

The Helping People at Risk site gives you links to online resources that can be used for engaging youth:

The key resource people involved in this site are:
Sean Fitzgerald -
Leigh Blackall -

These sites provide links to resources, contacts, technologies and events. You will also see wikis in action.