Study explores effectiveness of information literacy initiatives in PSE

January 17, 2013

In examining several different models for teaching information literacy in PSE, new research published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario found that on their own none proved significantly advantageous, and the authors suggest multiple approaches may be required. The study examined more than 500 students at Georgian College and assessed 4 different information literacy models: providing specific information literacy courses, embedding information literacy into existing curriculum, online tutorials, and non-mandatory tutorials. As may be expected, students' comfort, accuracy, and ability to use information literacy skills grew over their 2 years of study. While no single model proved to be particularly advantageous, the students who had information literacy training integrated into their curriculum did demonstrate significantly higher ability to accurately cite source material. The research calls for PSE schools to adopt information literacy strategies that focus on teaching styles, delivery models, HR requirements, outcome measurements, and defining the benefits to student, institution, and employer. Research Summary | Full Report