INFORMATION LITERACY - COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA AND THE POTCHEFSTROOM UNIVERSITY FOR CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION. This paper is by Jane Elizabeth Thompson of the University of Pretoria. It was originally presented at the 2000 IATUL Conference Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 3rd - 7th July, 2000.
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In 1998, a decision was taken by the University of Pretoria to implement a campus-wide information literacy program. There had been various initiatives by the Academic Information Service (Library) at the University of Pretoria to promote information literacy, but none which addressed the issue on an almost university-wide basis. The problem was teaching the course, as there are 26,000 students at the University, 19,000 of whom are undergraduates.
Damelin Computer School was approached by the University of Pretoria to assist in the teaching of the information literacy program, and the Department of Information Science was given the task of producing the course material. A collaborative effort was implemented; the Academic Information Service (Library) as well as the Departments of Information Science, Informatics and Computer Science was involved in the course development.
The brief was that it would be a 12-hour course (six two-hour sessions to be taken over six weeks). It was to be a mainly practical course, but with a theory component so that the skills that the students acquired would be well grounded, and thus transferable.
The project has since been expanded to include the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. The existing course material will be adapted to meet the requirements of both institutions.
Issues that need attention are the success of having Damelin Computer School teach the courses, assessment and evaluation and the incorporation of subject specific material into the course.