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Researchers

All CSLP tools build on a foundation of solid research evidence and ISIS-21 is no exception: research on information literacy and the use of technology in learning provided the foundation for the tool’s development. Not only does the tool try to make the most out of what works in education, but its “look and feel” is based on the student and teacher feedback collected during four pilot studies.

These studies, carried out between 2007 and 2015, gathered data from teachers and almost 500 students. However, the information collected went beyond issues of usability and design. We found significant positive improvements in the development of student information literacy skills, and these were independent of the year of the pilot study and the participants’ grade levels.

For example, the table below shows gains in the information literacy skills of 150 students who used ISIS-21 for a research project in 2013-2014.

Information literacy skills of 150 students who used ISIS-21 for a research project in 2013-2014

The skills measured included—but were not limited to -- a) planning skills such as defining a topic and research questions, developing a search strategy and locating various types of information; b) searching skills such as selecting appropriate sources and evaluating them for their quality and relevance; and c) skills of using information ethically and effectively such as taking informative notes, synthesizing information, and acknowledging the original sources.

When examining classroom teaching in a 2009 study, we found that few teachers were sufficiently versed in inquiry skills to offer scaffolding to their students through the research process. However integration of ISIS-21 into their classroom instruction helped them develop a more comprehensive understanding of the research process and its intended outcomes as well as how to support that process.

These results are very encouraging, and consequently, CSLP researchers are planning an experimental or quasi-experimental trial of ISIS-21 effectiveness slated for the Fall 2015.  For further information, or if your school would like to be involved, please contact Anne Wade.

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Presentations

Abrami, P. C., Wade, A., Savage, R. S., Deleveaux, G., & Meyer, E. (2009, May). The learning toolkit (LTK): Evidence-based educational software. Paper presented at the thirty-seventh annual Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) conference, Ottawa, ON.

Abrami, P. C., Wade, A., Farmer, L., Philips, J., Huebner, C., Baron, M., White, B., Peters, S., & Van Gelder, S. (2008, April). ISIS-21: Information skills for the information society in the twenty-first century. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Quebec Library Association, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A. (2010, March). Information literacy for 10-14 year olds: The ISIS-21 project. Paper presented at the Quebec Librarians' Roundtable, Portes Ouvertes, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A. (2009, October). Developing inquiry strategies using ISIS-21 in the classroom. Workshop presented at the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Pedagogical Services ICT Day, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., & Abrami, P. C. (2010, March). Information literacy for 10-14 year olds: The ISIS-21 project. Online presentation presented at the Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL).

Wade, A., & Abrami, P. C. (2010, February). Information literacy for 10-14 year olds: The ISIS-21 project. Online presentation presented at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Wise & Witty Wednesday online seminar, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., Abrami, P. C., Farmer, L., Henry, L., & Venkatesh, V. (2010, May). Inquiry strategies for the information society in the twenty-first century (ISIS-21). Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference of Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC), The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Wade, A., Abrami, P. C., & White, B. (2010, November). Inquiry strategies for the information society in the twenty-first century (ISIS-21). Paper presented at the second Conference of the Library and Information Community of Quebec, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., Abrami, P. C., & White, B. (2009, May). Inquiry strategies for the information society in the twenty-first century (ISIS-21): A resource for schools. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU), Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., & Baron, M. (2009, April). Developing inquiry skills through the use of ISIS-21. Workshop presented at the professional development day for library staff, English Montreal School Board, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., Baron, M., & Van Gelder, S. (2008, December & October). Developing inquiry skills through the use of ISIS-21. Workshop conducted at the professional development day for library staff and workshop presented at the English Montreal School Board with the pilot teachers, Montreal, QC.

Wade, A., Locke, J., & Devey, P. (2012, Aug.). An online information literacy course for undergraduates: Early experiences. Paper presented at the 2012 WLIC Conference Session "Information literacy meets E-learning", Helsinki, Finland.

Wade, A., Locke, J., & Devey, P. (2013, April). An online information literacy course for undergraduates: Some lessons learned. Presentation at the eScape: Technology in teaching conference, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

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