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Mar. 12, 2010

Presentation by Xiaoxiong Xu, GSLIS scholar-in-residence (9/24/09 - 3/22/10) and associate professor in the College of Teacher Education, NingBo University, NingBo City, The People's Republic of China.


With the development of information technology, our learning, work, and life are all affected by the internet. College students should learn to use information technology to enhance the efficiency of self-learning and collaborative learning, which can improve their personal knowledge management. Meanwhile, in order to develop their basic skills for the information society, teaching practices need to bring Web2.0 technologies into their learning environments. In an instructional experiment carried out in my course, "Learning Science and Technology," my master's student and I collected data by observation, interview, and survey in order to analyze...

Dec. 10, 2009

The impact of text messaging on the decline of formal writing among teens has been debated in pedagogical circles ever since cell-phone ownership became an adolescent rite of passage in the mid-2000s. But according to a University of Illinois expert in media literacy, not only are critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation wrong, they also often overlook the bigger role that texting and its distant cousin, "tweeting," could play in education and research.

Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at Illinois, says that schools and libraries should consider embracing texting and tweeting as a means of engagement rather than simply outlawing it.

"I think if you're an educator or librarian looking for new ways of to reach out to teens and tweens, then...

Aug. 13, 2009

Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite was invited to Rio de Janeiro as a visiting researcher at the Instituto Brasileiro de Informacao em Ciencia e Tecnologia (Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, or IBICT) during June and July 2009. She was also hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies in Information Science and Innovation (CENACIN) in Rio. Her sponsor at IBICT, Professor Gilda Olinto, not only provided Haythornthwaite with accommodation and acculturation, but also translated all of her lecture slides into Portuguese.

During the visit, she engaged with faculty, researchers and students from the Rio de Janeiro area, as well as in Brazil in general, around the topics of e-learning and social networks. She gave two lecture series and was a guest presenter in a Research Methods class, as well as visiting other colleagues outside of Rio. Her lectures covered topics such as Online Networks, Crowds and Communities;...

Apr. 16, 2009

Associate Professor Michael Twidale has received the 2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching given by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The selection committee called Twidale's course Interfaces to Information Systems "an outstanding learning experience for students and a model for online teaching. The committee was also impressed by the fact that students have been inspired to continue their work with you on campus and to disseminate their work at conferences, and to use what they've learned quickly in professional settings."

The course investigates issues of usability and design surrounding public use of information systems, such as web search engines and bibliographic databases. Twidale has taught this course in the LEEP program, the distance education option at GSLIS, since 1998.

Associate Dean Linda C. Smith, herself a recipient of this award in 2007, said, "Professor Twidale approaches teaching as designing learning experiences...