Mobile Information Literacy Project
The Mobile Information Literacy (MIL) Project is a mobile technology user-friendly literacy interface for use by Renison students to hone their information literacy skills during coursework and future employment opportunities. The objectives are to develop strategies for enhancing student information literacy skills through mobile technology (m-learning). This project will support the design and development of the MIL Tool and explore the best strategies for delivering and accessing learning content on mobile devices. We anticipate that Renison and its community based partners will benefit from student's enhanced abilities in accessing web-based information to complete academic assignments, research projects and field placements.
Why use Mobile Devices?
- already have mobile devices
- access from remote locations, anywhere & practice anytime
- make use of the multimedia & interactive features
- learner-centered, requires no teacher presence
For Faculty & Librarians:
- gap between the IS skills that faculty want their students to have and those that they actively support and develop
- reach more students
- free up time to teach more complex topics
Project Outcome so far
- Increased student learning of information literacy skills
- Improved usability of the MIL tool
- Increased access for post-secondary faculty to the MIL tool so that they can support students’ academic learning and improve their teaching pedagogy
Sources of evidence
- Students should demonstrate an increase of number correct answers in the post-test versus the pretest after completing the 10 online lessons
- Students will be asked provide written comments on the usability of the tool identify -both strengths and limitations of the tool
- Collect narrative feedback from faculty about their use of the MIL tool through a self-report questionnaire
Plan for analyzing
- Statistical analysis of pre and post-test data
- This qualitative data will be coded and analyzed for trends and themes.
- Review narrative feedback from faculty after their participation in the project
Publications and Presentations
MIL Students Review
Dr Alice Schmidt Hanbidge
Dr Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, Assistant Professor in the Bachelor and Masters degree programs in the School of Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada combines the applied practices of community mental health within an academic setting to effectively contribute to the advancement of knowledge, research and program delivery Key research areas of interest include advancing technology in the teaching of social work, community mental health children’s programming and evaluation, evidence-based group work methodology, and furthering field education in social work. Alice’s 20-year extensive social work practice experience includes a specialization in community mental health that contributes to her clinical, teaching and research social work interests.
Dr Nicole Sanderson
Dr Nicole Sanderson is a lecturer at Renison University College. She teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Adolescences, History of Education and Gender Relations within Educational Institutions for the department of Social Development Studies. Her research interests include teacher education, curriculum development, teaching and learning in higher education, feminist theory, and equity issues. She is also a certified elementary and secondary schoolteacher with the Ontario College of Teachers.
Director of Library and Information Services
Tony Tin is the Director of Library and Information Services at University of Waterloo’s Renison University College Library. Tony was a featured speaker at The Asian Conference on Language Learning and The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom, 2015. Tony had coordinated many mobile learning projects which won the International E-Learning Association’s E-learning Award 2012. His Mobile Library project received the Canadian Library Association Library Research and Develop Grant Award in 2006. His Mobile ESL project received an honorable mention for Excellence and Innovation in Use of Learning Technology from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education in 2008. He has published articles and book chapters and presented at conferences on topics such as library technology, digital libraries, mobile libraries and information literacy.