1: What is iKomp?
iKomp is a free, open and flexible online course that provides an introduction to information literacy. The intended audience is anyone interested in learning more about learning strategies, how to identify, obtain and evaluate scholarly sources, and how to use sources in your own academic work. The course is comprised of text, videos, activities and quizzes.
The purpose of the course is to help you meet the demands and expectations of higher education. Taking the course should also help you start to build the kinds of skills that future employers find attractive: Being able to quickly find and acquire information, judging information relevance and quality, and using information constructively and ethically.
It should take you about 4-8 hours to go through the course, depending on what you already know. If you pass the course exam, you will be issued a course certificate.
The intended learning outcomes of the course are:
– Being able to plan your study activities
– How to study smart and maximise your learning
– Evaluate various sources in relation to your information needs
– Understanding the most important principles of information search and using sources
– Finding relevant information from various types of sources
– Understanding principles of academic integrity, and why they are worthwhile
– Using sources correctly in scholarly writing
2: Who is behind iKomp?
The online course iKomp is developed at the University Library at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, by a group of people with a diverse background and various disciplines. All have experience from teaching and instruction, and most of them are doctorates in their field of study. Look at the about page at iKomp.no for more information.
Design, implementation, technical assistance and all communication with platform provider Bibsys and their Open edX team is handled by the University Libraries Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Result at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
3: Who can make use of the iKomp course?
4: Is there an english version of iKomp?
5: Does iKomp give any course credits? (Studiepoeng)
Registration and completion
6: How to register to take iKomp?
Go to ikomp.no and chose either Norwegian or English version. Click on Meld deg på ikomp norsk/English versjon. Fill in the registration form by clicking on Opprett din egen OpenEdX-konto under. If you are a student at UiT then you can also use your FEIDE-user to register. If you are a student at any other institution, not part of the FEIDE system, you have to fill in the form in its entirety. Remember to double check your email address as you will receive a confirmation mail to that account.
When you have filled in all the information and accepted the Terms of Service, click on Opprett min OpenEdX-konto. You will then be sent to a page confirming your registration. An email should have been sent to your registered email account from firstname.lastname@example.org, with a confirmation link – follow this link by clicking on it. In order to get access to the course content click on Se kurset.
7: How much time will it take to complete the course?
8: Do I have to complete the entire course in one session or can I take it at my own pace?
9: What are the requirements for a passing grade?
10: How many attempts do I have on the iKomp exam?
11: What do I do if I am not able to complete the course due to technical problems?
12: How do I get my course certificate?
When you have passed the exam you should go to your “Progress”-page (top navigation). There you will find a button indicating that you can generate your course certificate. A short while after pressing the button, it changes its wording to Get Certificate. Click on that and you are taken to a page with your certificate.
To download a PDF-version of the certificate – chose to Print it. Then change printer to “Save as PDF”. That will create a PDF of your certificate that you can save to where you need/want it.
iKomp as a course requirement
13: How is iKomp related to the courses I’m taking at my institution?
All students in Norwegian higher education, whatever the discipline, should be able to find, evaluate and cite scholarly sources, and use them to shed light on a research problem. They should also be able to update and renew their own knowledge and skills. These intended learning outcomes are incorporated in the Norwegian national qualifications framework for higher education.
iKomp offers and introduction to information literacy and learning strategies, and is therefore designed to contribute to the attainment of these outcomes. For the best possible value of iKomp in that regard, we recommend that iKomp is integrated well with teaching and learning in one or more suitable institutional courses. If you are a teacher and/or responsible for such a course, you should take iKomp yourself, in order to help your students use iKomp in a targeted and course relevant way.
14: I am taking iKomp as a course requirement, but how do I hand in the course certificate?
15: I am taking iKomp as a course requirement–so what can I do if I failed to pass the exam after my fourth (4th) attempt?
16: What if iKomp is a course requirement and it is handed in after published deadline?
17: I have created a user account on iKomp, but I am unable to login. What do I do?
If you are unable to login check the following:
1) Make sure you are trying to login with the same email address you used to register.
2) Have you received the activation mail from email@example.com, and followed the instructions therein in order to activate your account?
3) If you have not received the mail – check your spam (søppelpost) folder in your mail application (Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail etc.)