Monday, July 7, 2008

Reflecting on searching

During a presentation at the Life Long Learning conference in Yeppoon I was very impressed by the work of Syliva Edwards from QUT. In her research to understand student online information seeking behaviour she has developed and applied the e-learning tool Reflective Online Searching Skills (ROSS).

ROSS intends to push the boundary of online information literacy programs by guiding learners to know, reflect, and practice information literacy concepts through the use of case studies or problem based learning.

She outlines her research at the website

Here she applies some powerful metaphors in understanding students experience as:

looking for a needle in a haystack
finding a way through a maze
using the tools as a filter
panning for gold.

Each concept operates to move towards a more positive approach to the task.

I also recommend exploration of the non linear flash animation video

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