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Information literacy in the curriculum

The OU Library has developed an information literacy (IL) levels framework

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Katharine Reedy
12 March 2010

The OU Libary's Information Literacy Levels Framework expands on the broad information literacy (IL) levels indicators set out in the OU Undergraduate levels framework (COBE, 2005), by providing more detail about what IL skills can look like at levels 1-3 of the undergraduate curriculum. 

It is a generic statement and is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to offer a starting point in faculty discussions around IL skills. 

The learning outcomes express what we feel students should be able to do by the end of each level, on their way to becoming independent learners and graduates who can ‘Use information literacy, ICT tools and numerical skills, as appropriate, to find, evaluate, process, present and communicate information’ (Undergraduate levels framework, 2005). The IL levels framework aims to:

  • Help develop and integrate IL activities within course materials
  • Aid skills development and progression through different levels of study
  • Provide academic course teams with more detailed guidance on what to include in courses and programmes. It can be adapted to the needs of different disciplines. 

You can access it online via the above link, with some examples of online activities which develop various aspects of the skills. We hope to add more examples in due course.  It is also available in print form, as part of the booklet "Integrating information literacy into the curriculum".

You can download a pdf copy of Integrating information literacy into the curriculum from the OU's Educational Professional Development site.

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