CoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) grew from a Jisc/HEA funded project to develop and share good practice within the library community to promote use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) to teach information literacy. This short talk will describe initial efforts to build a community of practice, the drivers and barriers along with our reflection on the impact that CoPILOT is having. It will also describe future plans. We will also have support material available including an updated version of the CoPILOT strategy for sharing resources online.
Where we are now
The initial CoPILOT project in 2012 supported the sharing of information literacy resources as OER, with a strong international focus, utilising an existing UNESCO online community platform to reach out to librarians across the world. After the success of the project, the CILIP (librarian’s professional association) Information Literacy Group took on CoPILOT as a sub-group. CoPILOT now receives annual funding to support delivery of training events and the development of training materials. We also have close links with the Jisc funded national learning object repository, Jorum, with which we have developed an information and digital literacy collection.
We have run numerous conference workshops and run an online survey to gather feedback from librarians on how the community of practice should take shape in order to meet the needs of librarians wanting to share their resources as OER.
Impact on librarian practice
Running the training sessions has allowed us to gather feedback on the impact that CoPILOT is having and initial evaluation has highlighted that librarians value highly the face to face events as a chance to discuss issues around sharing in detail with other colleagues.
The feedback also shows the demand for more support in evaluating existing OER and for an online showcase of the best examples of subject specific OER. The group are now working on this online presence in response to this feedback.
Details of short talk:
The session will describe the following:
- Background and drivers for CoPILOT
- Working with UNESCO and IFLA on promoting information literacy OER internationally
- Feedback from several national and international conference workshops
- Feedback from training events at the Universities of Surrey, Glasgow and Cardiff. These free one-day sessions included hands-on practical sessions giving participants the opportunity to find and evaluate materials relevant to their own teaching needs.
- Our developing web presence
- Measuring the impact of our work
We are currently doing further evaluation of the effectiveness of the face to face workshops and our webpages via a survey of workshop participants and will present our findings along with plans for upcoming training.