The story of GAeL (Graduate Attributes eLearning): embedding information literacy through critical skills, collaboration and a new curriculum, Lorna Dodd & Dr Brian McKenzie

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The story of GAeL (Graduate Attributes eLearning): Embedding Information Literacy through Critical Skills, Collaboration and a new CurriculumLorna Dodd & Dr Brian McKenzieMaynooth UniversityCONUL Conference, June 1-2, 2016, Athlone


Key Conditions for Collaboration


A new curriculum with a key focus on critical skills


Maynooth University Graduate Attributes

graduates are expected to be capable of gathering and critiquing information from a variety of sources (Maynooth University, 2014)


A Maynooth Education


Content Vs Skills

BrianThree Critical Skills Modules:1. Great Ideas that changed the World2. Globalisation: Integrating Worlds3. Universal Critical Skills


Information Literacy

Problem Solving

Independent Learning

Critical Thinking



Communication Skills

Understand academic standards

Ethical ResponsibilityCritical Skills in the new Curriculum

LornaAll skills that the new curriculum will address7

An opportunity for the Library to be heard.

LornaOpportunity to embed IL and create a structure that supports its development, evaluation and assessmentPlacing the Library in a key strategic role, supporting the implementation of the new curriculum


Managing the transition and becoming an independent learnerMapping and evaluating the information landscapeResearching within the disciplinesManaging and presenting informationUnderstanding the ethical and social dimensions of informationFive Key Competencies


Information Literacy Framework for A Maynooth Education


Train the trainer master classes for tutors

Guides and supports illustrating how information literacy can be integrated with other critical skills and embedded into content

Tutorials and quizzes that can be customised and embedded into Moodle

Instructional videos and online guides

Embedding information literacy evaluation into assessmentNew Resources


Collaboration Affects Curriculum: Writing Wikipedia

The entropic library is one in which the library is not only a physical destination and an institutional cornerstone, but also is a gravitational force in the digital scholarly life of the campus. Andrew Ashton, Director of the Libraries, Vassar College


Collaboration Affects Curriculum: Writing Wikipedia

Wikipedia Critical Skills Group Project

The student essay is a twitch in a void. A compressed outpouring of energyif were luckythat means nothing to no one. Mark Sample, Davidson College


Assessment Rubric

Managing the transition and becoming an independent learnerManaging and presenting informationMapping and evaluating the information landscapeResearching within the disciplinesUnderstanding the ethical and social dimensions of information


Teaching FellowshipA suite of tutorials, videos and guides that support the development and assessment of key Information Literacy skills and the Maynooth Graduate Attributes


GAeL (Graduate Attributes eLearning)Using problem solving to find relevant informationCritically thinking to evaluate information and its sourceFraming your Research QuestionUnderstanding PlagiarismParaphrasing Vs. QuotingReferencing information appropriately using bibliographic softwareFrom Research to Writing


The new curriculum opened up a new model for collaboration..

moving away from the traditional Library model of disciplinary service