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Evaluating MI512: An information literacy course for PhD students

Secker, J. & Macrae-Gibson, R. (2011). Evaluating MI512: An information literacy course for PhD students. Library Review, 60(2), pp. 96-107. doi: 10.1108/00242531111113050


The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of a six-week information literacy course for research students that was redesigned following the librarians undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. The paper presents a case study and evaluation of the impact of a teaching programme. Findings — Research students appreciate and value the expertise of library staff and are prepared to devote considerable time to an information literacy programme. The programme received excellent feedback. There is no summative assessment associated with the course and so no quantitative measure of improvement in learning. The paper provides a model programme other librarians can adapt for use at their own institution. Extended doctoral level information literacy courses are relatively uncommon and demonstrates the benefit of this type of course, to research.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: information literacy; researchers, support; doctoral students; teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: Professional Services > Learning, Enhancement and Development
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