Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Centre for Information Literacy Research: summer event

Centre for Information Literacy Research: summer event

Date: August 13th 2008, 1.30-4pm
Place: Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Regent Court building, Regent Street, Sheffield (see http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel/university_big.html (Building 166 at G3) or http://tinyurl.com/5tmfyz (Multimap)

Description: This free half day event presents a keynote from a visiting academic plus reports on research and activities in progress. With a focus on higher education, the talks will appeal to anyone interested in information literacy in different disciplines and contexts. People can attend for just part of the programme if they wish. Please email information.literacy.research@googlemail.com if you would like to attend so that we can order the right number of teas and coffees for the break!

13.30 Welcome and keynote.

Welcome from the seminar chair: Sheila Webber (Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research)

Dr Yazdan Mansourian, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Tarbiat Moallem University, Iran: Implications of the information visibility model in information literacy research and practice. Yazdan Mansourian, a former PhD student in the Department, will draw on his research and on his information literacy activities (see http://invisibleweblog.blogspot.com/).

14.20 Reports on ongoing research
Phussadee Dokphrom Information Literacy of undergraduate students in Silpakorn University Geography Department: emerging findings. Phussadee Dokphrom will report on findings from her doctoral research into information literacy at Silpakorn University (Thailand).

14.40 Tea/ Coffee break

15.00 Reports on ongoing research (continued)

Helen Dobson, University of Manchester Library and MA Librarianship programme Evaluating Information Literacy at the University of Manchester. Helen Dobson will present on research she has been undertaking for her Masters dissertation.

15.20 Maryam Nazari Conceptions of GIS (Geographic Information Systems/Science) and implications for information literacy. Maryam Nazari reports on one aspect of her doctoral research, which overall focuses on information literacy and learning needs in an international online distance learning programme.

15.40 Pam McKinney, Learning Development and Research Associate (Information Literacy), Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. Inquiry Based Learning and Information Literacy: a report on CILASS experiences. Pam McKinney will summarise information literacy activities in Inquiry Based Learning projects in a number of departments at Sheffield University.

16.00 Close

Recent talks on information literacy and Web 2.0

Recently Sheila Webber has given a number of presentations associated with information literacy and with Web 2.0.
"Fostering Lifelong Learning through Information Literacy education: Exploring conceptions in different disciplines and framing pedagogies for lifelong learning" (see the powerpoint here) and "Information Literacy and Second Life" on 16 June at the Lifelong Learning conference, Yeppoon, Australia
"Using inquiry-based approaches with first year undergraduates" on July 1st at the First Year Experience in Higher Education conference in Hobart, Australia.
Workshops on "Social networking: exploring the possibilities" at the ARLIS conference in Liverpool, 24 July: see the resource she created here http://www.netvibes.com/sheilawebber
She also organised and led the Second Life track of the Learning Through Enquiry Alliance conference 2008: see the conference wiki for photos, commentary and transcripts

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Mark Sanderson to speak at the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Mark Sanderson will give an invited talk at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore (July 25th, 2008). Mark the talk will be on evaluation of search engines entitled "Test collections for all".

IR group presenting 4 works at ACM SIGIR

Two full papers, a poster and workshop paper will be presented by members of the Sheffield IR group at the premier IR conference, ACM SIGIR 2008 in Singapore in July.

Monday, 14 July 2008

MSc in Health Informatics featured in the Independent

MSc in Health Informatics student James Duncan is one of several students interviewed in the Independant, for an article about the benefits of distance learning master's programmes.

"Distance learning is helping workers' careers – and their pockets, too"

In the article, James explains how the programme directly helped him in his career in healthcare consultancy communications.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Sheila Corrall speaks at Strategic Leadership in Higher Education conference

Prof Sheila Corrall travels to Salford today to give a plenary address on Knowledge Management Strategies at a Conference on Strategic Leadership in Higher Education.