VALA2004 Session 8 Tucker

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Integration of information literacy training into engineering and technology education

VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Information Literacy
Wednesday 4 February 2004, 14:00 – 14:30

Barry Tucker

Faculty of Science and Technology Librarian, Deakin University

Stuart Palmer

Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, School of Engineering and Technology, Deakin University

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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Information literacy has become an important skill for undergraduate students due to societal changes that have seen information become a valuable commodity, the need for graduates to become lifelong learners, and the recognition that information literacy is an underpinning generic skill for effective learning in higher education. This paper describes a sequence of purposefully designed activities to help students learn and practice information literacy skills that were integrated into a first-year engineering and technology study unit as a core element of the unit syllabus. A formal evaluation of these activities was planned and undertaken in semester 1 2003.