n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - The implementation of an innovative continuous assessment model for an Information Science undergraduate class : possible information ethical considerations

Volume 2013, Issue 47
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



In order to stay relevant in the current technological environment together with the associated changing expectations and demands of students, new approaches in teaching, learning and assessment are needed. Traditional systems are increasingly seen as being too rigid, which has resulted in a growing focus on the idea of blended learning, a term that describes learning activities that combine face-to-face teaching with technology. As new information specialists prepare to enter the work force they must be taught not only the relevant information skills, but they also need to develop and refine their own individual sense of ethics, especially with regard to the ethical use of information and technology. This article discusses the development of a new blended model for a first year Information Science module comprising a variety of theory and practical activities, using various technologies, and underpinned by basic information ethical considerations. The article provides an overview of the rationale for undertaking the project, discusses the blended learning approach, and concludes by highlighting some of the positive outcomes experienced.

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