This is an ideal approach to information literacy. Instead of writing traditional research papers that regurgitate what has been learned, students become creators of new knowledge. As Donaldson puts it, students “author” their creations, they “author” their own understandings of knowledge, and they participate in self-authorship. All for an authentic, public audience. This is a more effective approach to higher order thinking skills. It holds students responsible for creating something that is purposeful, insightful and well-written.
This post from the Amanda Hovious aka the Designer Librarian offers several ways that librarians can encourage information literacy though authorship. My favorite was writing fanfiction.
I’m highlighting this blog post mostly because we’re currently in the “Learning and New Literacies” of my HyperLibMOOC class. Michael Stephens’ lecture emphasized that we students were creating objects for our learning. This sounds like an authorship approach to me. So far the class is going very well and I’m finding it very inspirational for my work.