Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) was delighted to announce last week the winners of its Bi-annual Information Literacy Awards 2016.
The awards which are organised by the DkIT Library and the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CELT) are designed to promote the importance of information literacy skills among students, including the ability to communicate effectively, critically analyse data and work independently.
The Information Literacy Awards are open to first year students from all academic departments and this year’s competition focussed on the importance of providing feedback in learning and academic writing.
Participating students were invited to submit work for feedback, using Turnitin – a web-based service used by DkIT that manages the process of submitting and tracking assignments electronically and provides online feedback to students on their work. After receiving ‘eFeedback’, participants were then invited to resubmit their essays for final assessment which included evaluation of general information literacy skills and evidence of students’ learning from feedback.
The theme of feedback directly correlates to the Institute’s role as an active partner in the Y1 Feedback Project. A project which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and aims to use digital technologies to enhance feedback in first year. During the ceremony, Y1 Project Coordinator, Lisa O’Regan gave a short address via video link and personally offered congratulations to the DkIT prize-winners and runners-up.
President of DkIT, Ann Campbell presented the students with their prizes on the day, saying “One of the most important attributes students need to develop as an undergraduate is the ability to critically analyse information; to evaluate its reliability and of course to acknowledge its source. Through the Information Literacy Awards we are encouraging our first year students to develop their analytical capacity and become critical thinkers."
Also speaking on the day, prize-winner Summer Morgan said: “The entire experience has been both a rewarding and helpful process. I was able to learn from the feedback about how to elaborate on points and add elements of intrigue to make readers want to continue reading my essay.
“The process of receiving electronic feedback on my work was very beneficial and it has been good practice and fantastic learning opportunity for when I write my thesis in my third year“.
Local writer and teacher, Barbara Smith also attended the ceremony and she praised the work of the prize-winners, describing it as “well-written, well put together and enjoyable to read”.
She shared some of her own experience of learning from feedback and highlighted that the word ‘essay’ comes from the French, meaning ‘to try’ and says that writing essays are a way of absorbing knowledge. Barbara recited two of her own poems, “Summiting” and “Achieving the Lotus Gait”.
The DkIT Library and CELT continue to collaborate to advance its offering in information literacy.
Over the past academic year, the library at DkIT delivered 255 hours of Information Literacy teaching and provides a number of additional resources to students including referencing guidelines and online research Guides.
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