SMILE: making the most of other people’s work – not reinventing the wheel

  • We have adopted SMILE at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). SMILE (Study Methods and Information Literacy Exemplars) was created as a JISC project by Imperial College London, Loughborough University and University of Worcester. It is designed in HTML with multimedia and can be used in any VLE. The files are available through Jorum under a Creative Commons License. I hope to show that taking previously written material and adapting it can really work. I will discuss how we have gone on to customise it to GCU and to respond to developing trends such as Graduate Skills. During 2010 the university produced a set of Graduate Attributes for the 21st century. We saw that many of them could be supported through SMILE. We mapped these attributes to SMILE units, then extended them to include the CBI’s[1] graduate attributes and the National Information Literacy Framework (NILF), Scotland. We created a competency framework using the NILF and the IL unit from SirLearnaLot to support students. This process identified some gaps in SMILE so we created new modules: “What is a GCU student?” and “Your digital footprint”. Supporting GCU’s aims and objectives is key to ensuring university buy in and ensuring we provide appropriate support to our students. SMILE forms the core of the library’s IL programme and is a key aim within the Library Strategy. The challenge now is to turn the aim into a reality. The programme is available via GCU’s VLE, GCULearn and a pilot project to incorporate it into our IL training both in the UK and overseas is underway. I will report on the results of the pilot and to the future of SMILE at GCU.

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Author:Marion Kelt
Document Type:Conference publication (Lecture Text/Appearance)
Date of Publication (online):2012/05/31
Year of Completion:2012
Contributing Corporation:Glasgow Caledonian University
Release Date:2012/05/31
Themes:Vermittlung von Informationskompetenz, Teaching Libraries, E-Tutorials
German Bibliothekartage / BiblioCon:101. Deutscher Bibliothekartag in Hamburg 2012
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