1. Beyond Information Literacy Using Variation to determine Informational Thresholds Dr Alison Ruth Academic Curriculum Designer Faculty of Business, Economics and Law [email_address] Dr Jeannie Daniels Academic Language and Literacy Lecturer Curriculum Teaching and Learning Centre [email_address] Dr Luke Houghton Lecturer Information Systems and Management Griffith Business School [email_address] 2. How do we get to informational thresholds?
Threshold concepts are said to be
transformative they cause a significant shift
irreversible they are likely to be irreversible
integrative they show hidden intereconnections
bounded they help to define conceptual boundaries
troublesome they can cause trouble for the learner
3. A threshold (like) concept
The following slides will take you through a threshold (like) concept.It embodies all the aspects of a threshold concept.
There are seven pieces of a puzzle. At a particular point, you will see an animal made of the other pieces.
Note the number on the slide when you see one animal made up of the others.
4. Placing number 1 1 5. Introducing number 2 1 6. 2 Placing number 2 7. 3 Introducing number 3 8. 3 Placing number 3 9. 4 Introducing number 4 10. 4 Placing number 4 11. 5 Introducing number 5 12. 5 Placing number 5 13. 6 Introducing number 6 14. 6 Placing number 6 15. 7 Introducing number 7 16. 7 Placing number 7 17. 7 Transformative What you see hasbeen transformed Irreversible When you look at the piece you can see bits of the animal Integrative You can see the way the animals interconnect Troublesome The beginnings can cause confusion (what was the animal?) Bounded In this case, the boundaries are the other animals 18. Let us know
How many pieces did it take for you to see the animal?
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Variation in experiences in the comments
How many pieces does it take? (generally 3-6)
Implications for learning and teaching
What does it mean to teach people who took 3 pieces inthe same room as people who take 6?
20. Figure Ground How can we see faces and vase at the same time? (Answer: we cant!) 21. Information Literacy
How is this term defined?
But what does information literacy mean?
What are the implications for information literacy if we know that people learn at different speeds and in different ways?