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Testing Learning Methods to Foster Information Literacy Skills

Heck, Tamara

Information literacy is seen as a key competency in working and everyday
life. For library and information science (LIS) students information literacy is
a core competency and taught in many LIS university programs. One challenge
herewith is to mediate these skills in the best way. This paper tries to
answer the question, how students cope with different learning methods and
to which extent they foster the learning of information literacy skills. Four
learning methods were applied in a retrieval course. The paper introduces the
course design and the applied methods. For the evaluation the participants
filled out online surveys, one of them measured the expectation and perception
rates based on the idea of the Servqual concept. The results show that
specific learning methods can be appropriate for teaching information literacy
skills. Yet, the implementation of the learning methods could be approved
because students were not satisfied in all matters. Implementing
learning methods in future courses should come with changes in the process
of introducing these methods to the students and with more information
about the purpose of applying these methods.

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