The Future of Teaching and Learning: Better Information Literacy Skills

In a presentation by James, Chambers, Kennedy and Harris (2008) from the Information Futures Forum, these presenters question “How will Scholarly Information and Technologies be used in Teaching and Learning in 10 Years’ Time?”   These presenters see technology becoming faster and information growing and being more accessible. They argue that regardless of the speed and volume of information offered through technologies, students still need to learn how to retrieve, examine and use it. They don’t see traditional styles of teaching diminishing or how we learn changing. In fact they see face-to-face classes as becoming premium, and that offer collaborative, inquiry-based, self-directed, interdisciplinary and peer-based learning.

They do see a need to support and teach students to properly manage and decipher information as opposed to becoming overwhelmed with the amount of undifferentiated information. Thus, they need to be taught information literacy skills. Students need to avoid shuffling through, memorizing and mindlessly using information. However, the types of information and tools have changed. And, students have come to access information differently, and have certain expectations of how services and admin are delivered – quick, user-generated, freeware.

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