Student2Scholar wins the 2017 OCULA Special Achievement Award

Post Date:
February 21, 2017
Topic: 
Teaching & Learning Support

Two Ontario projects received the OCULA Award for Special Achievement. Student2Scholar is an online learning tool focused on graduate research skill development. La Casita Azul is a learning resource centre supporting York University’s outreach in Costa Rica. The awards were presented on February 2 at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto.

The Award for Special Achievement honours exceptional achievement in at least one of the following areas over the past 2 years:

  • Service to the Ontario Library Association, OCULA, or any other library organization
  • Research and publication in areas of academic librarianship
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others.

Student2Scholar (S2S) is a self-paced, interactive, e-learning resource designed to help graduate students in the social sciences succeed in their research assignments and develop a scholarly approach to their field of research. Its production was funded in 2014-2015 by the Ontario Online Initiative, and developed by the S2S team from Western University, the University of Toronto , and from Queen's University, Cory Laverty, Librarian and Teaching & Learning Specialist at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

S2S focuses on the development of academic literacies: information finding, evaluation, organization, and management; research design and authority; publishing impact; and scholarly communication. The ten modules follow the iterative cycle of the research process and derived their learning outcomes from the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  

Students are able to develop and apply their skills using assessment techniques such as think-alouds, concept maps, and diarized exercises. Each module incorporates backwards design theory, includes pre- and post-assessment, multimedia, interactive activities with awarded badges, and self-reflection in a research workbook. A facilitator’s guide for use by instructors and librarians in face-to-face, online, and blended courses accompanies the modules.

S2S was accepted by Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO), a committee of the ACRL Instruction Section, which promotes and shares peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians. It was the PRIMO site of the month for July 2016.

Congratulations to Cory and her colleagues!

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