Information-Wise Pilots: Why, How, What

Published on 26 Aug 2020

During Information-Wise, we designed and tested several information literacy teaching activities and assessments. Discover this blog post to find out how we did it and what we have learned.

Why did we pilot?

The project team developed a framework and rubric including intended learning outcomes (ILOs) and provided recommendations to enhance information literacy education based on extensive research. The challenge was to translate these rather conceptual elements into teaching and assessment activities. We therefore conducted a series of pilots within faculty courses to try and test a framework-inspired approach to teaching and assessment. The goal was to pilot within at least four out of six Maastricht University faculties in order to account for discipline specific differences and challenges with regards to information literacy education.


How did we organise the pilots?


We followed a 5-step process to co-create these pilots. These steps were 1) Gather information, 2) Build, 3) Pilot, 4) Evaluate, 5) Scale & Sustain. Although the pilot development and evaluation followed a logical structure, we did not progress through a series of sequential stages but followed a non-linear process. This had several reasons; next to common challenges within courses (e.g., low student participation in pilot), also external circumstances (i.e. COVID-19) required logistical and instructional flexibility from the pilot participants.


What did we pilot?

Each pilot incorporated at least one of the framework dimensions and used the rubric ILOs as a basis to design teaching activities and assessment formats. Following the constructive alignment approach, we strived for connection between the information literacy activities and the course structure and subject in which the pilots took place. The pilots included lectures on spotting bullshit, a PBL tutorial task on comparing academic and non-academic sources, the use of learning diaries to reflect on the searching and evaluation of literature, just to name a few.

Visual posters capture the content and evaluation of all 11 pilot activities. Check them out yourself.


Inspired and excited to do your own information literacy pilot?

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  • Author: Jaro Pichel, Educational specialist and project leader UM Library / EDLAB


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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