Many curriculums assume that the new generation of students are digital natives and information literate. However, studies show that this is not often the case. From these studies and our own experiences working with multidisciplinary students in the Health Sciences we found that students were not as information literate as required in the curriculum. Using Design Based Research as a method (following the four phases below), we developed a new information search process and a web-based tool with feedback opportunities from teachers and librarians in order to qualify the students competencies.
Problem identification: Despite earlier initiatives from library and department, the students didn’t achieve higher levels of information literacy.
Prototyping: Requirements and educational material were merged and tested while gathering feedback.
Iterations: The prototype and feedback were evaluated and developed into a new information search process, which was tested and evaluated.
Reflection and generalization: Initiative was taken to develope a web-based application visualizing the steps with the learning points: self-feedback, peer-feedback and counselor feedback.
The result of the project is a new information search process model and a web-based learning environment called B!NKO 2.0. The evaluations have shown positive feedback on both the process and the web tool. The project has opened up new possibilities that go beyond the Health multidisciplinary students. A new project concerning the Humanities and Social Sciences is incipient. In this project new functionalities are also expected.
B!NKO 2.0 has to a great extent shown its worth to help Health multidisciplinary students to get a deeper understanding of information literacy, and how to develop and change searches to get better results. B!NKO 2.0 has also given a positive "side effect” on the librarians work. Time spend on the "Book a Librarian” service have decreased for the librarians using B!NKO 2.0.
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