There was an interesting comment (thanks Jill Wilson) on the post about not using Google. One of the criticisms of learning websites which provide students with mediated sites is that the students are being spoon fed in that they don’t have to look for their own resources. I think that this can be the case if too much help is given to students butI think that, if students are to learn from what they read, view or listen to, the crucial part of this exercise is when the students are, to quote David Wray’s still relevant 1990s research, interacting with the text. So we as TLs and SLs can be a bit precious about the value of searching for information. If we can get the students more quickly to the learning resource, then the students are more likely to use their information literacy skills in order to select, read, understand, analyse and synthesise what they are reading, viewing or listening to. I don’t think that there is one way of getting students to the right resources for them. In some cases, letting them do their own research – even if they dojust use Google – is fine but it is clearly not fine all the time.
At the weekend, went walking at St Abbs Head which is a picturesque village with an attractive harbour as well as spectacular cliff walks – of which more later. From St Abbs, if you want a shortish walk, you can take the clifftop trail to Coldingham Beach – no surfers there on Sunday but there often are. Lots of people out walking and they all said hello and, having lived in Australia for a good part of the last 4 years, I’m often tempted to say ‘G’day’ although I’ve never come across the definitive spelling of this greeting.