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An E-Learning Approach to Data Information Literacy Education

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Fresh Perspectives on Information Literacy

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Engineering Libraries

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23.156.1 - 23.156.12



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Jon N. Jeffryes University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Jon Jeffryes is an engineering librarian supporting researchers and students in the areas of Biomedical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering. He is currently the chair of the scholarly communication committee for the Engineering Libraries Division.

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Lisa Johnston University of Minnesota

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Lisa Johnston is the Research Services Librarian and co-director of the University Digital Conservancy, the University of Minnesota's institutional repository.
She coordinates the Libraries' efforts around digital scholarship and research data management, access, and archiving.
She has a master's of Library Science and bachelor's of Science in Astrophysics, both from Indiana University.

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An E-Learning Approach to Data Information Literacy EducationFollowing the announcement from the National Science Foundation that all grant fundingproposals submitted after January 2011 must include a data management plan, academic librarieshave been experimenting with ways of providing support and education for researchers at theirinstitutions. At the XXX University, we saw strong demand for guidance on writing andcomplying with this requirement. This high level of interest required a cross-disciplinaryapproach to teaching data management skills to researchers from various subject backgrounds.Although successful, this approach did not facilitate in-depth domain-specific skill building.Starting in the October 2011, the XXX University, along with partners at XXX University, XXXUniversity and XXX University collaborated on a project to learn more about the domain-specific educational needs of graduate students in the area of data information literacy. Fundedby a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services, each research team conducted in-depth interviews with multiple graduate students and their research advisor from five academicscience disciplines. At the XXX University we looked at the data management needs of aresearch group in the structural engineering area of the civil engineering department. Based onour findings, in Fall 2012 the XXX University launched an instructional response to address thedata management skills absent from the curriculum. This paper outlines our instructionalapproach of utilizing a modularized e-learning format to reach busy graduate students through anextracurricular data management course. The paper also discusses our methods of assessmentand student feedback.

Jeffryes, J. N., & Johnston, L. (2013, June), An E-Learning Approach to Data Information Literacy Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19170

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