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An evaluation of technologies used for the delivery of online information literacy modules. Kenny

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An evaluation of technologies used for the delivery of online information literacy modules. Kenny

  1. 1. An evaluation of technologies used for the delivery of online information literacy modules Claire Kenny claire.kenny@dkit.ie Supervisor: Dr. Claire McGuinness LILAC 2010 29th March 2010
  2. 2. Overview • What technologies can be used to create and deliver online information literacy (IL) tutorials? – Phase 1: Development of online IL tutorials using a common computing design model • Which type of online IL tutorial is best received by the target group? – Phase 2: Evaluation, primarily qualitative in nature LILAC 2010
  3. 3. Outline • Motivation • Pedagogy • Online learning opportunities and limitations • Phase 1 – Development • Phase 2 – Evaluation • Findings and discussion • Conclusion LILAC 2010
  4. 4. Motivation • Increasingly diverse student population • Growth of internet allows remote access to resources • Pressure on human and financial resources • The online environment can help meet these challenges • Studies show that face-to-face and online methods of instruction are equally effective for teaching basic library skills LILAC 2010
  5. 5. Pedagogy • Knowledge acquisition – passive • Skills training – practical • Behaviourist theory versus constructivist theory • Focus in this case is on skills training and the behaviourist theory LILAC 2010
  6. 6. Opportunities and Limitations • Opportunities – Self-paced – Learner controlled – Potential for interactivity – Any time, any place • Limitations – Access issues – IT support and administration – Initial cost of development – No human contact LILAC 2010
  7. 7. Phase 1 - Development • Basic OPAC searching – Elementary yet important – Applicable to all types of library • Adobe Flash – allows interactive tutorials to be created • Camtasia Studio – screen capturing software, “screencasts” • Articulate Studio LILAC 2010
  8. 8. Flash Tutorial LILAC 2010
  9. 9. Flash Tutorial LILAC 2010
  10. 10. Camtasia Tutorial LILAC 2010
  11. 11. Articulate Studio LILAC 2010
  12. 12. Phase 2 - Evaluation • Qualitative research • Ten participants – LIS students – Non-library background • Pre-tutorial questionnaire • Observation • Semi-structured interview LILAC 2010
  13. 13. Findings and Discussion • Interaction, control/pace – Flash tutorial: interactive, pace determined by learner – Camtasia tutorial: non-interactive, pace determined by tutorial • Visual elements, multimedia – Graphics, when relevant, welcome – Clear layout • Interaction preferred: retention of interest, memory aid – Computer literacy has an influence LILAC 2010
  14. 14. Findings and Discussion • Content – Paramount – Comprehensive, yet easy to understand – Concise – Few commented on content • Learning experience – Visual, aural, kinesthetic – Overall, online learning deemed to be equal or better than classroom based instruction for this topic – Lack of human contact noted LILAC 2010
  15. 15. Conclusion • Usability and accessibility need to be addressed • Online learning has a place in IL, but perhaps only for introductory/skills based topics • Blended learning merges the opportunities afforded by both the online and classroom environment LILAC 2010
  16. 16. Thank you for listening! Any questions or comments? LILAC 2010
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