30 new Virtual Training
Suite tutorials launched
June 2010

     http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/
     vts-tutorials@bristol.a...
What is the Virtual Training
Suite?
• A series of free Internet tutorials that
  teach Internet research skills for over 6...
Who are they for?
They are ideal for students looking for advice and
  guidance on using the Web for their studies,
  espe...
Screenshot of VTS
homepage
New tutorial titles …
Arts and Humanities    Health and Life Sciences
• Architecture         • Allied Health
• Archive Stu...
New tutorial titles …
Social Sciences              Science and Engineering
• Anthropology               • Earth Sciences
•...
Screenshot of individual
tutorial
What's changed
• Written for HE students
• To help with coursework and
  assignments
• Focus on academic sources online
• ...
Tutorial structure
• Four main sections - Tour, Discover, Judge,
  Success
• Format - takes about an hour to complete,
  i...
Tour
Focuses on the academic information
  landscape on the Internet and aims to create
  a mental map for students of the...
Tour Screenshot
Discover
Offers updated guidance on how to find
  scholarly information online; choosing the
  right search tool and looks...
Discover screenshot
Judge
Shows how critical thinking can improve the
  quality of online research and provides
  guidance on how to judge whi...
Judge screenshot
Success
Provides practical examples of students using
  the Internet for research – successfully and
  unsuccessfully, so ...
Success screenshot
Links basket
Use the tutorial to build a list of useful websites
  to save and explore later. Simply drop the
  website li...
Getting more from the
Virtual Training Suite
• Where in the curriculum?
   – Research methods, study skills, information
 ...
What's next?
• Confirm 12 months maintenance funding from
  August 2010 to assist in moving towards a
  self-sustaining bu...
Get in touch
• Try the new tutorials at:
  http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/
• Let us know what you think by email at:
  vts-tu...
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
Virtual Training Suite launch June2010
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    1. 1. 30 new Virtual Training Suite tutorials launched June 2010 http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/ vts-tutorials@bristol.ac.uk twitter.com/VTStutorials
    2. 2. What is the Virtual Training Suite? • A series of free Internet tutorials that teach Internet research skills for over 60 university and college degree subjects • All the tutorials have been written and reviewed by lecturers and librarians from UK universities, who are experienced Internet researchers
    3. 3. Who are they for? They are ideal for students looking for advice and guidance on using the Web for their studies, especially those who: • struggle to find the right information for university work • get marked down for citing inappropriate sources in their assignments • rely too heavily on Google, Wikipedia and the open Web, because they are unaware of key academic and library sources
    4. 4. Screenshot of VTS homepage
    5. 5. New tutorial titles … Arts and Humanities Health and Life Sciences • Architecture • Allied Health • Archive Studies • Dentistry and Oral • Art and Design Health • Classics • Food Safety • English • Pharmacy • Fashion and Beauty • Plant Sciences • Linguistics • Media & Communication • Music
    6. 6. New tutorial titles … Social Sciences Science and Engineering • Anthropology • Earth Sciences • Hospitality and Catering • Electrical Engineering • Social Policy • Geography • Social Statistics • Health and Safety • Sociology • Materials Engineering • Sport, Leisure and • Mathematics Recreation • Mechanical Engineering • Travel and Tourism • Petroleum and Offshore • Women's Studies Engineering
    7. 7. Screenshot of individual tutorial
    8. 8. What's changed • Written for HE students • To help with coursework and assignments • Focus on academic sources online • Includes Web 2.0 but in academic context • More about libraries, librarians and using locally provided resources
    9. 9. Tutorial structure • Four main sections - Tour, Discover, Judge, Success • Format - takes about an hour to complete, includes quizzes and practical exercises • Links Basket - so students can take away a list of key websites for their subject • New design, more graphics, easier to read
    10. 10. Tour Focuses on the academic information landscape on the Internet and aims to create a mental map for students of the key scholarly sources for their subject. • Introduces the key websites for each subject • Shows the range of different types of academic Internet resources - journals, databases etc. • Enables students to collect a list of useful websites
    11. 11. Tour Screenshot
    12. 12. Discover Offers updated guidance on how to find scholarly information online; choosing the right search tool and looks at the importance of developing a search strategy. • Shows a range of different Internet search tools • Gives tips on developing a search strategy • Provides practical exercises to test the different tools and strategies
    13. 13. Discover screenshot
    14. 14. Judge Shows how critical thinking can improve the quality of online research and provides guidance on how to judge which Internet resources are appropriate for University work • Demonstrates how to avoid being caught out by unreliable information on the Internet • Provides practical tips for critical evaluation of websites • Quizzes test the understanding of students in their use of Internet information
    15. 15. Judge screenshot
    16. 16. Success Provides practical examples of students using the Internet for research – successfully and unsuccessfully, so that students can learn from the mistakes of others • Brings together the lessons from the other parts of the tutorial as a worked example • Demonstrates how other people use the Internet in genuine academic situations • Suggests new ideas for using the Internet for education and research
    17. 17. Success screenshot
    18. 18. Links basket Use the tutorial to build a list of useful websites to save and explore later. Simply drop the website links into the links basket. • View, print or email the selected links. • See a list of all the links in the tutorial. • Export the links basket in a format suitable for importing into a web browser, Delicious.com, or to save for later use.
    19. 19. Getting more from the Virtual Training Suite • Where in the curriculum? – Research methods, study skills, information literacy or as part of assessed subject work • Place to mention it? – In the student / course handbook, linked from the library webpage / VLE or as part of plagiarism advice • How to use it? – As a handbook for reviewing websites, for an assessed web review of the subject or by completing the tutorial in class
    20. 20. What's next? • Confirm 12 months maintenance funding from August 2010 to assist in moving towards a self-sustaining business model • Enables maintenance of the current suite of over 60 subject based Internet research skills tutorials, keeping them freely available • Looking to develop and implement a licensing model to sustain the Virtual Training Suite beyond August 2011
    21. 21. Get in touch • Try the new tutorials at: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/ • Let us know what you think by email at: vts-tutorials@bristol.ac.uk • Follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/VTStutorials • Or Tweet about the Virtual Training Suite using the hashtag #vtstutorials

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