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I-LEARN: A Model for Learning in the Information Age

Delia Neuman

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


The I-LEARN model--Identify, Locate, Evaluate, Apply, Reflect, kNow--is a framework for learning in today's (and tomorrow's) information-rich environments. It is based on the three-part information literacy model that underlies many of the instructional activities in college and university libraries and in K-12 library media centers--access, evaluate, and use--and expands that model to focus on the use of information specifically as a tool for learning.

The model includes five major categories and eighteen elements, three related to each category:

Identify: Activate, Scan, Formulate Locate: Focus, Select, Extract Evaluate for: Authority, Relevance, Timeliness Apply: Generate, Organize, Communicate Reflect: Review, Revise, Finalize kNow: Personalize, Internalize, Activate

The model is based on research and theory from two fields--information studies and instructional systems design--and draws on components of each to create a way to think about learning that respondds directly to the actualities of a world brimming with information. The presentation will explain both these underlying theories and the nature and implications of the model itself.

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