It begins to be time to say good bye to this year’s Introduction to Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) course. The final classes were held last week and the final deadline for submitting a 3000 word article on the topic of “The task of IKM: What, Why and How?”. The article drafts that were discussed in the final seminar of the course were really good and I am just waiting to be able to read the finished versions.
But what happened on the course? It was not all about article writing. We met twice a week discussing a broad range of topics from the profession and work of an IKM specialist, what is IKM, what are the most central concepts of IKM and how IKM can be done in practice. In addition we learned a bunch of practical skills that will be useful not only during the two years of studies from advanced information seeking to reference management and keeping updated on the latest trends in IKM. We read a lot different types of texts from academic articles to watching videos and checking tweets, photos and blog posts.
The course includes also practical work. The big thing in the beginning of the course is a company exercise done in teams with a simple simple task of founding a new company (ok, whether you really want to make the company to start for real is not a part of the course) and developing its IKM make it successful. In addition, everyone gets to prepare a case study on IKM at a specific organisation among other exciting things.
The pedagogy of the course is heavily focussed on you, that is the student, and your interests, your needs and your perspectives. We are discussing a lot, presenting, giving and getting feedback instead of listening to a talking head. There is a whole lot of work done in teams, pairs and mixed groups in addition to individual work — yes, and even individual work is to a large extent a question of working, getting input from and giving it to the others in the programme.