Stepping Stone to information literacy: a Pebblepad case study

Information Literacy (IL) can be defined as “knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner”. The skills required by an Information Literate student are therefore key to effective academic enquiry and lifelong learning.

An IL PebblePad Profile has been created, which provides an opportunity for students to self-declare their skills in particular areas related to IL and to attach evidence to each statement. Functionality within PebblePad allows students to share their skills profile, individual bits of evidence, or any other items they feel are appropriate with a LIS Information Specialist who can add comments and provide guidance.

We will present preliminary conclusions about the practicalities and benefits of a self-declaration approach to developing IL skills in students at Aston University.