Online Conversation: Information Literacy as Discourse between Peers

  • Geoff Walton
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 397)


The objective of this paper is to outline a fresh approach which seeks to harness students’ predilection for communication by exploiting its value as a learning tool to teach information literacy (IL). This approach was used in the first-year undergraduate core module Research and Professional Development. Inquiry-based learning, IL (particularly information discernment) and online peer assessment were used to create active online learning opportunities where students learnt by doing: they read, reviewed, reflected on and commented on other’s work (a draft essay) via a Virtual Learning Environment. These online conversations were informed by face-to-face workshops on research skills, critical thinking, plagiarism and referencing and the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) . This approach not only produced a noticeable change in student achievement, but brought together e-learning and IL to deliver a range of IL learning outcomes including information discernment.


IL online discourse information behaviour e-learning online peer assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff Walton
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  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and EnvironmentNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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