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Workshop on Virtual Training Suite and discussion on information skills' delivery

Workshop on Virtual Training Suite and discussion on information skills' delivery

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  • 1. Using the Virtual Training Suite to enhance information skills University of Plymouth, Learning Technologies seminar Angela Joyce 27 April 2010
  • 2.
    • What is VTS?
    • Origins
    • Free tutorials for teaching info skills for H.E. students, subject-based
    • Flexible, easy, fun
    • Popular service, funded by JISC
    • Part of Intute service – but Intute itself to be wound down from July 2010 
    • http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/
  • 3.
    • VTS today
  • 4.
    • VTS template
    • Each tutorial is divided into four main sections:
    • Tour
    • the best of the Web for your subject
    • Discover
    • how to find scholarly information online
    • Judge
    • which Internet resources are appropriate for university work
    • Success
    • examples of students using the Internet for research
  • 5.
    • Example – Internet for Business and Management
    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/tutorial/business/
  • 6.
    • What do users think of VTS?
    • User surveys & link analysis…
    • VTS popular part of Intute
    • Users link mainly thru lecturers, course materials, not search engines
    • Users impatient!
    • Tutorials emphasise difference between academic & popular Web 2.0 content
    • Include Google tips
    • Recommend libraries & specialist d/bases etc.
  • 7.
    • Why bother with VTS?
    • Higher education in a Web 2.0 world
    • http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/generalpublications/2009/heweb2.aspx JISC, 2009
    • On prior experience of H.E. learners:
    • ‘ Information literacies, including searching, retrieving, critically evaluating information from a range of appropriate sources and also attributing it – represent a significant and growing deficit area…’
    • VTS can help students to acquire valuable information skills.
  • 8.
    • 30 new tutorials due, summer 2010
    • Architecture
    • Archive Studies* (MIMAS tutorial)
    • Art and Design
    • Classics
    • English
    • Fashion and Beauty
    • Linguistics
    • Media and Communication
    • Music
    • Anthropology
    • Hospitality and Catering
    • Social Policy
    • Social Statistics
    • Sociology
    • Sport, Leisure and Recreation
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Women's Studies
    • Allied Health
    • Dentistry and Oral Health
    • Food Safety
    • Pharmacy
    • Plant Sciences
    • Earth Sciences
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Geography
    • Health and Safety
    • Materials Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Petroleum and Offshore Engineering
    • Video/audio
  • 9.
    • Ideas for using VTS…
    • Put a link in Blackboard to one for your subject
    • Use it in lectures, as part of learning
    • Get students to pick their top 5 sites, and why
    • Share useful websites on Blackboard, delicious, etc
  • 10.
    • Future plans
    Community-driven model Free JISC-funded model
  • 11.
    • Keep in touch
    • VTS Twitter channel coming
    • Intute blog for updates/tips
    • http://www.intute.ac.uk/blog/
    • Email me with any comments/ideas
    • [email_address]
  • 12. Thanks! Angela Joyce