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This Information Literacy website is a practical resource which academics, information professionals and students regularly visit to discover the latest developments in information literacy.Information Literacy web page graphic


Introduction to our Programme

Information literacy is increasingly recognised as an important educational outcome for university students.   The ability to handle information with skill and understanding cannot, however, be taught exclusively through library instruction which is often presented as one-shot training sessions.  This is not conducive to include the full scope of what is required to conduct proper research.  Information literacy is a complex set of skills which requires long-term development over a significant period of time and cannot be learned by rote.   For students to acquire the skill of becoming information literate, the research process has to find a home in the curriculum, where the academic guides the student as they acquire and use information to solve problems.  


The University designed graduate attributes to guide lecturers in developing the knowledge, skills and competencies of students to become lifelong learners. Considerable efforts are made to align the attributes with curricula at faculty and institutional levels.

Therefore, the Library, too, has a responsibility, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to provide leadership and expertise to develop and enhance 21st Century literacies and hence, graduate attributes, so that students are equipped to become lifelong learners.   Librarians have valuable roles to play in processes of embedding literacies and promoting relevant teaching and learning practices that develop graduate attributes.


While departments may have already aligned graduate attributes with their curriculum, it is not certain to what extent this is enacted in teaching and learning activities and assessment.   The Library uses the ACRL Framework for Information literacy for Higher Education as a guide to embed critical literacies in teaching and learning across the institution. This document was officially adopted in 2016 and contains concepts which are relevant to independent learning and engagement with information. Collaboration with lecturers and faculty librarians is aimed at weaving these concepts strategically into library training and all other teaching and learning activities at UWC.  


Click on the link below:

21st Century Literacies and Graduate Attributes Tutorial

Contact Shehaamah Mohamed for more information.  
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