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- ItemOpen AccessAssessing Research Readiness of GraduateStudents in Distance Programs(Routledge, 2008) Pival, Paul R.; Locke, Jennifer V.; Hunter, MaureenThe aim of this descriptive research study was to assess the skill level, confidence, and overall research readiness of selected groups of graduate students (on and off campus) within two divisions housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. The researchers expected participants to overestimate the value of the Internet as a source of academically reputable information, and to have a limited understanding of the complex nature of online academic research. These expectations were not validated by the conclusions of the assessment.
- ItemOpen AccessHow to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into your library workflow(Emerald, 2023-05-09) Pival, Paul R.Purpose This paper aims to highlight the recent developments in artificially intelligent chatbots and how the resulting tools can be incorporated into the daily workflow of library work. Design/methodology/approach Recent literature is examined, parallels to librarian reactions to the birth of the original internet search engines are drawn and suggestions for the use of specific tools for specific tasks are given. Findings Although effectively less than 6 months old, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots is already fulsome enough to be able to be usefully incorporated into the profession. More tools are imminent, though each of them does and will continue to have shortcomings of which informational professionals need to be aware. Practical implications This paper provides practical suggestions and specific tools to incorporate into the workflow of different library specialties, along with important caveats for quality and bias. Social implications The public has adopted the use of AI chatbots faster than any previously introduced technology. Librarians have a history of moving more slowly when it comes to the core values of the profession, such as information searching. It is vital for information professionals, such as librarians, to understand both the value and the pitfalls of these tools to be able to work with patrons and stay relevant in the eyes of the public and institutional funders.
- ItemOpen AccessDignity, free will, emergence, and illusion(Philosophical Readings, 2023) Bartlomiej A. LenartThis paper argues that although emergentism does not appear to provide the libertarian with the tools she requires for metaphysical freedom, this does not actually matter for the grounding of a robust notion of moral responsibility. Moreover, illusionism about metaphysical freedom offers some consolation to those who see metaphysical freedom as a source of human dignity and value. This paper argues that emergentism, even in its weak form, when buttressed by both philosophical and psychological considerations regarding the illusory nature of the phenomenal experience of metaphysical freedom, as well as the Strawsonian notion of reactive attitudes, serves as a source not only of value and dignity, but also of a robustly grounded conception of moral responsibility.
- ItemOpen AccessOpen Education Alberta: Creating with Pressbooks Workshop, Block Week Winter 2023(2023-01-06) Adams, SarahOpen Education Alberta is a grassroots collaborative, no-fee publishing service for open educational resources (OER), including open textbooks, toolkits, guides, and more. Educators from the University of Calgary can use this service to develop and host OER in a Pressbooks platform. In this session, attendees will learn about this OER publishing service offered by Libraries and Cultural Resources and how to get started with their own OER project. Attendees will be introduced to developing open educational resources in Pressbooks, see behind the scenes of what Pressbooks has to offer for creating open educational resources, examples of published Pressbooks OERs, and supports for creating OER at UCalgary. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to: (1) Understand to use the Open Education Alberta publishing service, (2) Consider how they can use the service to create openly licensed teaching and learning materials, (3) Identify supports for creating open educational resources at UCalgary.
- ItemOpen AccessFoundations in Open Educational Resources Workshop, University of Calgary Block Week Winter 2023(2023-01-06) Adams, SarahThis workshop held January 6, 2023 during Block Week provided learners with an understanding about what OERs are, approaches for integrating them into teaching and learning practices, and ways for accessing and assessing OER resources and tools. The workshop will consist of key learnings, helpful resources, and activities to equip participants with the skills they need to achieve their goals for teaching with OER. Means for continuing the discussion on creating OERs will be provided at the end of the session. At the end of this workshop, learners will be able to: Define open educational resources (OER), copyright, and open licenses; Understand the implications copyright and open licensing have on the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER; Describe the key considerations for assessing and adopting an OER; Identify ways of incorporating OER into their teaching and learning practices; Conduct a preliminary search using key search tools for finding OER, openly licensed media, and ancillary content.