Are your foundations sound? Information literacy and the building of holistic professional practitioners
Milne, Craig & Thomas, Jennifer A. (2008) Are your foundations sound? Information literacy and the building of holistic professional practitioners. In 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: To Industry and Beyond, 7-10th December 2008, Yeppoon, Queensland.
Abstract: An engineer cannot be holistic without being information literate. Information literacy is “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information" (ALA, 2006). These abilities are identified within university graduate attributes and the Australian Engineering Competency Standards – Stage 1.
This paper outlines the process of addressing information literacy within the undergraduate engineering curriculum at Queensland University of Technology. It explores the blending of information literacy into a large faculty-wide first year unit. Discussed are collaborative partnerships between faculty academics and librarians in content creation, teaching and assessment, success factors and areas for ongoing development to enhance learning outcomes.
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