Student2Scholar wins the 2017 OCULA Special Achievement Award
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!