OPUS a new info lit/learning model

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Through a lot of hard work we’ve managed to integrate information literacy fully within our school. No doubt I’ll talk about this in more detail in future posts but instead of us teaching through the library some info lit to some students not very often our teachers now have information literacy skills as an integral part of their teaching. Basically information literacy skills are taught in every lesson of every day, and all teachers are proficient in teaching it. The holy grail of info lit in schools.

But since our implementation in using the PLUS model, purpose, location, use and self evaluation, I’ve been toying with the idea of a more successful model, but a model that also has a dual purpose of doubling up as a learning model too.
Having worked so close with the teaching and learning in our school and understanding the way info lit works there are so many crossovers.
Actually there are too many to ignore. So the question becomes how can we put together a model that works for both and can therefore also be used as a tool for independent learning, info searching in HE and FE, and influence the quality of teaching.

After a long time of reading education and information research I’ve put together the bones of a model that I feel achieves all of this. The model is shortened to OPUS (I’ll go into more details in future posts). But within each of the 4 phases there are a further 3 descriptors that highlight what is happening/should happen at each phase.
The thing I am most proud of though is the idea of learning pegs. At each of the phases there is a sense of self regulation and assessment as you set yourself learning pegs on which to hang what you’ve learnt (learning is a very complicated process and so in these terms I mean it to be information gathered to this point).
These learning pegs act as an aide memoir, and are vitally important to embedding learning (the process of gaining and understanding new knowledge, in this sense) before moving onto the next phase.
On the page dedicated to OPUS you will find more information over time but in the meantime a model for learning and information literacy that improves teaching and learning in school is on it’s way!

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