Embedding Information Literacy into the Agriculture Curriculum in Liberia: A Model Approach for Developing Countries Worldwide

KESSELMAN, Martin (2014) Embedding Information Literacy into the Agriculture Curriculum in Liberia: A Model Approach for Developing Countries Worldwide. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 140 - Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Embedding Information Literacy into the Agriculture Curriculum in Liberia: A Model Approach for Developing Countries Worldwide

This presentation reviews the development of a unique required course for the new College of Agriculture and Sustainable Development at Cuttington University in Liberia. The course is designed to be a hands-on approach and use techniques and technologies that graduates will need to use themselves when doing extension work throughout the country. Students will learn about the wide array of information resources available online and offline, analyzing and assessing content appropriate for their personal research and extension work, synthesizing research to practical information and effective community engagement and communication skills. This course also teaches the effective use of various tools and technologies appropriate to various settings: illiterate farmers, community leaders, county decision makers and policy makers related to the use of sustainable agriculture practices, food security, poverty reduction, gender sensitivity, and market information. Students also learn effective teamwork skills with other professionals by working with students in other disciplines such as nursing, education, and business. The course is taught using the various delivery methods students will be utilizing in their work after graduation – eLearning modules, Internet methods for communication, text messaging, short videos, and email. There will be opportunities in the course for students to interact and communicate with other students as well as a course conference. An evaluation rubric will be created for assessment based on learning outcomes.

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