Information Retrieval


Good Practice Report – Blended Learning

Good Practice Report cover

Good Practice Report: Blended Learning (PDF)

In 2011, as part of a small team headed by QUT’s Professor Helen Partridge, I co-authored a Good Practice Report on Blended Learning for an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Specifically responsible for the literature review section of the report I applied appropriate strategies to source relevant information from a variety of avenues, including major database platforms such as Proquest and EBSCO and QUT Library’s federated search engine (Summon), identifying over 200 relevant resources.

Researching the topic of blended learning in higher education, I identified over 200 relevant resources. Incorporating this material into a database using Zotero, a Firefox add-on referencing tool, I analysed the resources, wrote a concise literature review (10 pages), and collaborated with a colleague on other sections of the final report. I approached the project supervisor with any issues requiring clarification and submitted draft documents for approval at various stages of the project. My methodical approach and attention to detail enabled me to complete this research project successfully within the ALTC’s deadline. I also formatted the final report to comply with the ALTC style guide and document template.

Information Consultant – Report

Music-Piracy-ReportFor an ITN322, Information Resources, assignment, students were  appointed as Information Consultants for a fictitious information brokerage company and were asked produce a written report for a client’s information request.

My report provides information to the mythical client – Ralph Freespeech – about the issue of music piracy. More specifically, it defines music piracy and identifies the impact on the music industry, ethical considerations, generational attitudes, key organisations and prevention measures being taken by the music industry.

Evaluating Resources

An important part of the information retrieval process is being able to evaluate the tools used to retrieve the information. I have reviewed both Britannica Online School Edition (the review is presented in poster form) and Thomson Reuters’ online legal encyclopaedia The Laws of Australia.