VALA2008 Session 1 Barnes

VALA2008Making a virtual community real: redeveloping eSKILLS Plus using Web 2.0

Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:55 – 12:30
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCameron Barnes

eAccess Librarian, University of New England University Library

Karan Jones

eAccess Librarian, University of New England University Library

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The eSKILLS Plus Web site provides information literacy (IL) instruction for postgraduates at the University of New England. A recent decision to redevelop the site raised a number of issues. What constitutes IL for postgraduates? Should eSKILLS Plus cover topics not normally regarded as library responsibilities? How could we make online learning more authentic and engaging? Could Web 2.0 approaches allow us to make something more than a collection of resources? Could we aim at creating an online learning community? How could we evaluate project outcomes? How would the redeveloped site measure up to better-resourced projects elsewhere? This paper looks at some of the answers to these questions.