At York we have something called the PGCAP – it’s basically certification all new academics have to go through, the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. The Library runs one of the classes the academics can take, and this year I delivered it. The brief was to talk about what we do to make our students information literate, but actually what the academics on the course wanted to talk about was how THEY could become information literate… Luckily I’d put a little bit about this into the presentation – some useful tools for digital literacy.
Here’s the presentation I used – this, incidentally, took me not much time because it’s a Prezi template. They’ve put in a LOT of actually-quite-useful templates in of late, so have a look if you’ve not checked them in a while. It’s officially now much quicker to make a nice Prezi than it is to make a nice PowerPoint.
It turned out to be quite an enjoyable session – very informal and with lots of discussion (going both ways – I was soliciting their views as well as telling them mine / the Library’s). The feedback was very good, up a lot on the previous version of this session I’d been involved in. But I was really struck by how much the academics wanted to know about the tools themselves (when I described my ’6 essential tools to make your academic life easier‘ class I run for my 1st years, a few of the academics said that basically they needed to go on something like that) so as part of my role on the University-wide Learning and Teaching Forum, I’ve set up a workshop called ‘#EdTech: 9 useful educational tools, to engage, communicate and keep up to date in the academic environment’. That’s happening on Monday, so I’ll report back on how it goes.
It really does seem like the time is ripe for Library’s to run these kinds of sessions – the academic world is ready for it and understanding of how useful it might potentially be for them…