The Development of an Online Information Literacy Tutorial for Greek High School Students

By Aspasia Togia, Stella Korobili, Aphrodite Malliari and Ilias Nitsos.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Information literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to identify information sources, access, evaluate and use information appropriately, effectively and ethically. Emerging technologies and information trends shape a new, complex and challenging information landscape, where information literacy, accompanied by other literacies, including textual, visual, digital and technological, is fundamental for learning, personal growth and success in school and in life. Developing information literacy competencies to a satisfactory level is one of the main goals of educational programs at all levels, from primary to tertiary education. This paper presents the development of “Hypatia”, an online information literacy tutorial for students attending upper secondary schools in Greece. The tutorial is based on the Big6 model, which is one of the most widely used approaches to teaching information and technology skills. It includes six modules, which can be used either in a linear or pick-and-mix style : (i) task definition, (ii) information seeking strategies, (iii) location and access, (iv) use of information, (v) synthesis, and (vi) evaluation. The tutorial encompasses some constructivist elements in the sense that is student-centered, it is flexible, it personalizes the problem-solving process, it encourages active learning and reflective evaluation. When designing the product the authors tried to use multimedia facilities as a vehicle for achieving pedagogical goals.

Keywords: Information Literacy, Online Learning, Secondary education

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.63-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 27, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 811.263KB)).

Dr Aspasia Togia

Lecturer, Department of Library Science and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Aspasia Togia is a Lecturer at the Department of Library Science and Information Systems of the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (TEI), Greece. She has a MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield, UK and a PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. Her Doctoral Dissertation deals with the production and diffusion of scientific knowledge in Greece during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her main research interests include information behavior, information literacy, social sciences information, and scholarly communication.

Stella Korobili

Professor, Department of Library Science and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Stella Korobili holds a BA in English (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), MLS in Library Service (Kent State University, USA) and PhD in Library and Information Science (Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia),. She is Professor at the Department of Library Science and Information Systems of the Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki. She lectures on online information retrieval and Information Literacy. She has published many articles with regard to information literacy, information seeking behavior, online tutorials and pedagogical issues.

Dr Aphrodite Malliari

Assistant Professor, Department of Library Science and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Afrodite Malliari (BA in Archives and Library Science, Ionian University, PhD in “Information retrieval from automated catalogues of academic libraries and statistical analysis”, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Systems of the Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki. Among her interests are: patron needs, information retrieval, information literacy, multivariate statistical analysis and academic libraries.

Dr. Ilias Nitsos

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Library Science and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, -, Greece

BA in Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, PhD in “Free text information retrieval systems: indexes and compression codes”, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include information retrieval, database systems and information literacy