Coursework assessment and irrational procrastination

Considine, John and Butler, David (2011) Coursework assessment and irrational procrastination. [Conference Proceedings]


The importance of transferability, interoperability and perhaps most importantly reusability of learning resources and their role in avoiding duplication of effort, needless repetition and promoting collaboration and sharing has been recognized by scholars (Boyle 2002; Graham 2008). Many Reusable Learning Resources (RLR’s) exist to support information literacy (IL) and librarians worldwide are using such resources to embed IL in their institutions thus instilling vital lifelong learning skills in learners. The goal is to develop learning resources which are reusable, dynamic and flexible and which engage students to learn actively. This paper charts the journey of the Library Network Support Services (LNSS) project- a unique collaborative effort between the Shannon Consortium libraries of Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and the Institute of Technology, Tralee. LNSS have developed many hours of online learning for students featuring innovative use of online video, quizzes and practice scenarios with online modules geared towards undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and academic staff covering such topics as research methods and ethics, referencing, citation and plagiarism, information searching and evaluation and many more. LNSS are in collaboration with 15 other universities to develop Students Study Skills Online a suite of 15 online, multi-media rich courses aimed to help students enhance and develop vital study skills featuring online courses such as academic writing, reading skills, revision and exams and working in groups.We propose to depict the origin and development of LNSS including elements such as project scoping, marketing and customisation of each suite and rollout of IL training. We will give a practical demonstration of the RLR's themselves. We will also outline our RINGIDEA initiative- an EU collaboration to develop innovative IL initiatives.ReferencesBoyle, T. (2002) Design principles for authoring dynamic, reusable learning objects. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Auckland, New Zealand, 8-11 December 2002. Available accessed 12-10-2010.Graham, N. (2008) Reusable learning objects. Available at accessed 12-10-2010.

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