Vts ply uni_27april 2010

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

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Vts ply uni_27april 2010

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

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