"The popularity of online education is growing at a steady clip. Whether it’s due to the weak economy, quality of online tools, or the price difference… online schools can’t (and shouldn’t) be ignored.
"Students are routinely flummoxed as to how to search for or evaluate the sources they need in their work. But even as librarians are poised to teach information technology through classes, online tutorials, and one-on-one sessions, actually laying hold of student time and attention depends on faculty support—and that is not always easy to find."
The problem with group brainstorming sessions is that the technique is often ineffective. Groups that get together to generate ideas often generate fewer ideas than the individual would generate if they worked alone.
As research on gaps in college preparedness continues to emerge, fueling debates in both academic and public forums, most postsecondary institutions have taken some measures to assist undergraduates in developing a higher degree of information and digital literacy, and to prepare students better for conducting academic research.
To learn where you can see the highest return on these efforts, we turned this week to Anne-Marie Dietering, the Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University. A forward thinker on integrating information literacy into different stages in the student experience, Dietering offers the following tips for her peers at other colleges and universities.