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About This Course

Did you ever had the issue to find a lot of information, but not what you were actually looking for? Were you at some point overwhelmed by the load of available information? Did you had issues how to break down all this information to a seminar paper? All of this is part of information literacy. According to the definition of the American Library Association (2016) information literacy is ‘the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning‘. Information literacy is a social key competence is particularly essential in post-secondary education and research.

In this course you will learn specific aspects of information literacy on a generic level. Additionally, you will find special lessons for the subjects of psychology and business administration. The course is structured into six modules:

  • Module 1: Orienting in an information landscape
  • Module 2: Research is a journey of inquiries
  • Module 3: The power of search
  • Module 4: Critical information appraisal
  • Module 5: Information use: the right and fair way
  • Module 6: Let’s create something new based on information and share it!

Requirements

This course has no formal prequisites and is open for enrollment to anyone. Nevertheless, the content is designed for students at the beginning of their higher education career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to give my name during registration?

The name that you use for your registration will appear on your certificate of attendance that will be auto-generated at the end of the course.

How much time should I plan for attending the course?

The recommended workload for attending the full course is 10 hours. According to the ECTS Users' Guide of the European Commission 25-30 hours of work correspond to 1 ECTS. Thus, the course workload is equivalent to approx. 0,35 ECTS.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 13 and above.

Can I use my mobile device?

Yes. For best user experience you should use landscape mode. However, it is recommended that you use a device with a larger screen (i.e. tablet, laptop or workstation) to participate in the course.

Course Staff

This course has been developed by a multinational team within the project Information Literacy Online. Please visit the page about to learn more about the project. The key project team involved in the content development was:

  • Prof. Sílvia Argudo, University of Barcelona, Department of Library and Information Science and Media
  • Prof. Dr. David Bawden, City, University of London, Library & Information Science
  • Prof. Dr. Ángel Borrego, University of Barcelona, Department of Library and Information Science and Media
  • Prof. Dr. Juanjo Boté, University of Barcelona, Department of Library and Information Science and Media
  • Dr. Stefan Dreisiebner, University of Graz, Department of Information Science and Information Systems
  • Dr. Mate Juric, University of Zadar, Department of Information Science
  • Dr. Paul Libbrecht, Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Technology Based Assessment Unit
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim, Institute of Information Science and Language Technology
  • Dr. Franjo Pehar, University of Zadar, Department of Information Science
  • Anna Polzer, BSc, University of Graz, Department of Information Science and Information Systems
  • Dr. Lyn Robinson, City, University of London, Library & Information Science
  • Prof. Dr. Ivanka Stričević, University of Zadar, Department of Information Science
  • Prof. Dr. Cristóbal Urbano, University of Barcelona, Department of Library and Information Science and Media
  • Prof. Dr. Polona Vilar, University of Ljubljana, Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Maja Žumer, University of Ljubljana, Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies
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