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ETL507 Professional experience.

Posted by arlekeno on April 6, 2011

I am officially in the library studying for my Year long subject.

Rather worried as I have heard that my department of education wants to cut about 9,000 jobs, so once again, why am I wasting time and money for a masters in a job that may not exist in 5 years?

Anyway, first, how do I pass this subject?

Assessment item 1
Placement report
Value: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due date: Variable
Return date: –
Length: 2500 words (+/- 10%)
Submission method options
EASTS (online)
Task

Complete parts A, B, C and D and submit within one month of completion of placement.

Use the writing up of the placement report as a time to reflect upon what you have observed and experienced. It is expected that you will be analytical about your experiences providing evidence of professional interaction across a range of areas, drawing conclusions and reasoning implication and consequences.

Part A

Overview the library or information agency where you undertook your placement. Discuss FOUR of the following: the role of the library, users, services, collections, access provided to collections, use of technology, staffing and management. (approx. 1000 words)

Part B

How effectively do you feel the library meets the needs of its users? Support your conclusions with examples. (approx. 500 words)

Part C

Discuss the activities you were involved in while on placement and reflect upon what you have learnt and gained from these experiences. (approx. 500 words)

Part D

Reflect on the value of the placement experience in your development as a teacher librarian and a member of the wider library and information profession. (approx. 500 words)

Rationale

To connect the placement experience with knowledge, theory and skills in a reflective and disciplined manner.

Marking criteria

The extent to which the placement report provides evidence of:

  • Critical awareness
    – reveals evidence of reflection on thoughts, values and understandings flowing from the professional placement and academic coursework.
  • Critical thought and analysis
    – demonstrates ability to move beyond description of events to identify, analyse and critically assess the issues within them
    – self analysis in terms of skills, knowledge and understandings gained.
  • Clarity and presentation
    – effective and focused use of reporting outline
    – clear, well organised and fluent presentation.

For the feedback sheet for this assignment, go to the Resources section of the subject Interact site.

Presentation

Your report should be in numbered sections, with clear subheadings.

Assessment item 2
Professional portfolio
Value: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due date: Variable
Return date: –
Length: 3000 words (+/- 10%)
Submission method options
EASTS (online)
Task

Construct an portfolio which contains:

  • a critical evaluation of your learning during your teacher librarianship course; and
  • an assessment of how this learning will enable you to be an effective teacher librarian in the future.
Rationale

The purpose of this assignment is to assess your ability to produce an portfolio which contains a critical evaluation of your learning during your teacher librarianship course.

Marking criteria

In order to pass, students must include all sections in the prescribed format and provide evidence of learning that relates to a set of values and attributes issued by a body for information professionals. High quality assignments will evaluate the student’s learning, in a critical fashion, across the formal set of values and attributes, and also relate their learning to their personal goals and philosophy.

Presentation

The portfolio can be submitted through EASTS as a report, with numbered sections and subsections. The portfolio may also be submitted in the form of a wiki, with separate pages for different sections, in Pebble Pad, Google Sites, or any other web format that you are familiar with. If you want to use a web format, you will need to submit, through EASTS, the assignment cover sheet and one page with details of how the portfolio can be accessed.

Note: you must discuss the format of your portfolio with the subject coordinator before you decide which to use.

Requirements

Your portfolio should include the following sections:

  1. Table of contents
  2. A brief outline of your career so far and the subjects you have completed in your course. (One page only – not included in word count).
  3. Statement of personal philosophy: what do you think makes an effective teacher librarian? (Maximum of 150 words – do not include references to the literature as this is your personal philosophy. Not included in the word count).
  4. A critical evaluation of your learning during your teacher librarianship course. This section should be about 2,000 words in length. You should organise this section according to themes and not just provide a list of subjects and detail what you learned (e.g., ETL401, ETL 501, ETL 503). It is up to you to choose the themes that you wish to include but you might think about themes such as: The role of the TL; Information literacy; ICT in the school library; Collection development and access. You will be asked to provide an outline of your themes by your subject coordinator before you write your e-portfolio. It would be advisable to have no more than four (4) themes. You will be expected to refer to a wide range of the literature that you have read and evaluated during your course.
  5. How this learning will enable you to become an effective teacher librarian in the future. This section should be about 1000 words in length. You should use the ASLA Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians (http://www.asla.org.au/policy/standards.htm) as your guide and try to evaluate the extent to which what you learned on your course might help you to try to achieve the excellent TL status. You should also highlight what more you might need to do to achieve that status and this should include an indication of what type of professional development you would like to undergo in the future. You can structure this section around the themes used in the previous section if you wish but this is not compulsory
Assessment item 3
Study visit reports
Value: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due date: Variable
Return date: –
Length: 2500 words
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task
  • You should attend a CSU-organised study visit and participate in each session to the satisfaction of the lecturer leading the study visit.
  • Write two reports, an evaluation report and a reflection report. Forms for the reports are available in your study visit package, which will be posted to you prior to your study visit.
  • Submit your reports in the final session of the study visit (by hand), or within one week of the conclusion of the study visit (as an attachment to an email to the lecturer leading the study visit).
  • Your reports will be assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
  • Your reports are not returned and you will only be notified if one or both reports are unsatisfactory.
  • Please note that study visit reports are NOT submitted to EASTS, although they may appear on EASTS as an item.

OR

  • If you have been given permission by your subject coordinator to undertake an independent study visit, you should submit to your subject coordinator (either by post or as an attachment to an email) a 2500-word reflective report on your independent study visit.
  • For each place visited (as approved by the subject coordinator) you should discuss the value of the visit to you, i.e., what you learned from the visit and how this has added to your knowledge of libraries and information agencies in general, or of this particular type of library or information agency.
  • You should conclude your report with an overall evaluation of what you have gained from your independent study visit.
  • Your report should be written in a narrative style using first person. The report should be submitted within one month of completion of the visits to libraries. Your report will be assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Your report will not be returned and you will be advised by return email if your report was satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Rationale
  • The reflection report gives you the opportunity to overview and discuss what you have gained as a developing information professional from the sites you visited during your study visit and from the overall experience.
  • The evaluation report gives you the opportunity to assess the value of each site you visited as a learning experience.
  • An independent study visit report gives you the opportunity to overview and discuss what you have gained as a developing information professional from the sites you visited during your study visit and from the overall experience, and to assess the value of each site you visited as a learning experience.
Marking criteria
  • The reflection report is assessed on the clarity, depth and pertinence of your reflection.
  • The evaluation report is assessed on the clarity and rationale of your evaluation of the sites.
  • An independent study visit report is assessed on the clarity, depth and pertinence of your reflection, and the clarity and rationale of your evaluation of the sites.
Presentation
  • Reflection and evaluation reports written during a study visit and submitted in the final session can be handwritten documents providing the handwriting is legible. They should be written in first person and referencing is normally not pertinent or required.
  • Reflection and evaluation reports submitted as an attachment to an email in the week following a placement should be word documents and should follow the format provided at the study visit.
  • Independent study visit reports should follow the normal requirements for the presentation of assignments.

Now, I think I can manage the reports but the portfolio itself worries me as I have nothing to really work from there.

I am trying to organise my placements and now I think I should start seriously reading the modules so I can know what I am meant to do.

Good reading.

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