October 30, 2006

WILU 2007: Teach Every Angle

WILU (Workshop on Instruction in Library Use) is at my institution, York University, in 2007.

York University, a multi-cultural metropolitan campus in Toronto, is well known for its unique, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, coupled with an academic environment where students and faculty are encouraged to think critically and test the boundaries and structures of knowledge. The WILU 36 theme at York University - "Teach Every Angle" - has been conceived to reflect these core values and ideals. At this year's conference, presenters and participants alike, will be challenged to think beyond the traditional parameters of information literacy theory and practice in sessions which will centre around progressive and alternative approaches to teaching, learning and inquiry.

The call for papers is here.
The theme of this conference is Teach Every Angle. York University is known for its multicultural and diverse student population that reflects the broader Canadian mosaic, its tradition of interdisciplinarity, and an emphasis on social justice in its approach to teaching, learning and inquiry. We aim to offer a conference program that encourages delegates to think beyond the traditional boundaries of theory and practice to progressive and alternative approaches to information literacy.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Information literacy research/practices for interdisciplinary programs
  • Information literacy in multicultural and diverse environments
  • International and national advocacy for information literacy
  • Intellectual freedom, intellectual property and information literacy
  • Critical pedagogy and fostering critical thinking skills
  • Best practices in faculty liaison and developing partnerships with educational colleagues and centres
  • Integration of information literacy competencies within the curriculum
  • Assessment of information literacy and impacts on academic success and lifelong learning
  • Research on learning theory and alternative educational theory as it applies to information literacy practices
  • Relationship between information literacy and other forms of literacy - visual, cultural, media, etc
  • Teaching and learning applications of new internet-based technologies in academe e.g. Web 2.0 technologies (wikis, podcasts, blogs, folksonomies, social bookmarking etc.); coursewares; clicker technology etc.

Presentation Information & Formats

Submissions for 90-minute research papers, 90-minute case studies and 3-hour workshops that relate to the theme of the conference in either English or French are welcomed.

  • Research Paper: A 90-minute presentation based on scholarly research. The time period will include space for questions and discussion.
  • Case Study: A description of an activity or project with reflections and implications. 90-minute presentation will include space for questins and discussion.
  • Hands-on Workshop: A 3-hour session that encourages active learning on the part of the participants via exercises, guided discussions, activities and so forth. Includes summary and conclusions by the organizers and time for questions and discussion.

The deadline for submissions is November 24th, 2006.

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