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Session Chair: António Lucas Soares, University of Porto
Location:Lecture Theatre 4 (Diamond) The Diamond
Information Science as a Foundation for a STEM-based Intelligence Studies Curriculum
James E. Andrews, Randy Borum
University of South Florida, United States of America
We discuss a new graduate program in Intelligence Studies at the University of South Florida, School of Information. The program is unique in comparison to other intelligence studies programs in its structure, which is based on information science with a focus on strategy and analytics, and curriculum design. We describe the driving philosophy and core constructs manifest in the program, how it is designed to meet various demands by organizations in the knowledge economy, and strategies we have employed that have led to its success.
Raising the baseline: self-directed technology skills assessment and learning
Richard Arias Hernandez, Luanne Freund
University of British Columbia, Canada
Addressing the disparate information technology literacy levels of incoming students, while promoting self-directed, life-long learning predispositions among incoming students of our iSchool at the University of British Columbia (UBC) prompted us to design and implement the Technology in the Core Program. In this presentation, we introduce the rationale and motivation for this program, its current characteristics, its evaluation framework, and current reception by students. We consider that the structure and evaluation framework we have developed can be adopted by other iSchools interested in establishing a minimum baseline of information technology literacy skills and knowledge while fostering self-directed and life-long learning attitudes and behaviours among their students and programs.
Teaching Research not Research Methods: a Summer School with a difference
Jose Miguel Nunes, Ning Zhang, YongHao Nie
Sun Yat-Sen Univeristy, China, People's Republic of
This paper presents and discusses a different approach to the traditional teaching of research methods to postgraduate students. The best practice presented, discussed and analyzed in the paper is based on a Sun Yat-sen University funded project that aimed at creating a Summer School to develop awareness of research, research methods and methodologies as well as research outputs. Rather than taking the traditional approach of focusing on the teaching of methods or methodologies, the paper describes and analyses an intensive two week Summer Course that focused on the underlying understanding of ontological and epistemological aspects of research, the choices that should be done in order to define research questions and expected research outcomes. This awareness is fundamental as the basis for the choice and deployment of research methodologies and methods.