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 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.
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 has developed a Guidelines concerning embedding information literacy in teaching and learning at UWC. The main purpose of the document is to present the Library's interpretation of a new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education that has been released in 2014. The Manifesto aims to promote fuller understanding of the concept of information literacy and its linkages with academic literacies. It outlines a leading role for lecturers, with faculty librarians acting as consultants for the design of authentic assessments and learning activities within curricula.
Contact Shehaamah Mohamed for more information.