Introducing digital literacy skills through IBL: A comparative study of UG and PG business information systems students

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Griffiths, M ; Kutar, M ; Wood, J
  • Publisher: HEA Academy
  • Subject: media_dig_tech_and_creative_econ | other
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

This paper reports a comparative study of Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) at Undergraduate (UG) and \ud Postgraduate (PG) levels at a university in the north west of England. Both student cohorts undertook a \ud professional, legal and ethical module centred on IT. This study focuses on how the different student cohorts \ud approached this style of teaching, and how it impacted on overall student engagement throughout the \ud semester. IBL was introduced in the 2009-2010 academic years; to the UG students in the first semester and \ud the PG students in the second semester. Key observations gained from the study were unexpected in that the \ud UG level students fully embraced the IBL approach, they maintained a high attendance level throughout the \ud semester, and all preliminary and formative assessment work/tasks were eagerly completed. Ultimately, this \ud developed students’ information literacy skills. PG students enjoyed the in-class IBL activities, but actively \ud avoided module preparation and formative assessment work/tasks, and so minimized their opportunities to \ud develop rich digital literacy skills. This study highlights potential enablers required to employ IBL techniques \ud successfully.
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