Achievements, issues and ways forward: reflections on the English experience - Helen Casey seminar 20 October 2010

Posted by Bettina Schwenger on October 22, 2010 at 11:00

Helen Casey is the Director of the NRDC, the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy in England. She shared some experiences and research results with us, focusing on four areas: returns on investment in adult learning; family learning; embedded approaches; and teacher education and professional development for adult literacy tutors. Her ability to look with participants at the relevance of the findings for teachers in New Zealand ensured that the seminar was not just information sharing but exchange and exploration. Read more....

Embedding academic literacies: how to develop paraphrasing skills in your classroom

Posted by Margaret Wilson on February 24, 2011 at 12:08
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An element of academic literacies that often gets overlooked in classroom teaching is that of paraphrasing, or putting someone else's words or ideas into your own words. Next Wednesday March 2 from 9.30-11.30 Te Puna Ako Learning Centre staff are running a workshop for staff. It will focus on the key role of paraphrasing in academic reading and writing. We will look at the skills involved in paraphrasing and explore some ideas for activities which help students to develop paraphrasing skills. Read more....


Framework for information literacy

The Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL) framework forms the basis for the skills and competencies librarians in New Zealand and Australia teach students and staff too.  Read more.....

Information skills are an important for Unitec students to acquire in their programmes of study as they are vital for workplace success. At work, new knowledge can provide a competitive advantage for organisations. Student with information skills use information skills to answer questions, solve problems, and support innovation and creativity.

The aim of this paper is to provide resources, and support to programme development teams to consider information skills in their own context.  A successful outcome will be the development of an information skills outcome for the programme graduate profile, and integration into course learning outcomes, and assessment activities. Read more....

Academic literacies: Five steps for integrating new learning and teaching strategies

How can we integrate new strategies into the work with our students? How can we scaffold so students learn to use strategies independently? Research undertaken by the University of Waikato shows…

Academic literacies: Strategies to strengthen reading comprehensionAcademic literacies:

In our recent TPA staff forum, questions were raised about possible strategies for improving reading comprehension at different levels of learning. The following five research-based strategies can be used to work with students on their reading comprehension.

Assessment design that involves Web 2.0 tools

Food for thought ...

 A lot of teachers are excited about the possibilities that Web 2.0 applications (eg wikis, blogs) offer for improving learning. At the same time there is an uncertainty amongst staff about appropriate use, guidance for students, setup, (academic) integrity ...

 In the following article, Kathleen Gray et al share useful information on how to design and conduct student assessments (where content is produced online) whilst acknowledging issues that should be considered.

Digital information literacy: what it is and how do you get it?


What it means to be information literate

An information literate person is able to

  • recognise the need for information and determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  • find information effectively and efficiently
  • critically evaluate information and the information seeking process
  • manage information
  • apply prior and new information to create new understandings
  • use information with understanding and acknowledge cultural, ethical, economic, legal, and social implications


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