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How practical can you get? A simple way to create an information literacy tutorial. Weetman DaCosta

Presented at LILAC 2008

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How practical can you get? A simple way to create an information literacy tutorial. Weetman DaCosta

  1. 1. How practical can you get? A simple way to create an information literacy tutorial Jacqui Weetman DaCosta
  2. 2. Some practical information From August 2006 (as DaCosta) • Information Literacy Librarian at The College of New Jersey – Small, highly selective (4 year) state-funded college From 1999-2006 (as Weetman) • Academic Team Manager at De Montfort University, Leicester
  3. 3. How practical will this be? • Evaluation of existing IL tutorial • Review of tutorials currently ‘on the market’ • Development stages of new IL tutorial – Working with students • Hands-on
  4. 4. i-LION Tutorial • Adapted from TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial) • Serves as course material for IDS 102 – Mandatory online course for all new students since Fall 2004 – Six modules, each with a quiz – Need to pass course in order to graduate – Replaced first year induction • Available for anyone to access from web pages
  5. 5. Evaluation of i-LION • Student surveys – April 2007 (2 cohorts) • Sent to 1859 students • Response rate – 16% – November 2007 • Sent to 1478 students • Response rate – 35.5% • Analysis of content usage – SOCS (TCNJ course management software)
  6. 6. Student surveys Strongly agree and Agree responses April 2007 November 2007 The tutorial was easy to understand 71.8% 73.3% I acquired valuable skills & knowledge 47.7% 59.4% I liked the fact that the course was all online 86.3% 91.7%
  7. 7. Some student comments April “It was a pain and I put it off, but after I did it, I was glad I did it.” “I liked how I could take my time and go at my desired pace to complete the iLion courses.” “I, as well as every other freshman I know, paid the one nerdy kid that actually did it for the answers.” November “I was very glad that the course was offered online. I wish there were more online courses.” “Possibly break down the tutorials further in more manageable sections. So, instead of taking 45 min to complete a section, break it up into smaller 20 min sections.” “Eventually the course turns into a game of Mastermind, where you just try combination after combination, too lazy to read through the actual lessons.”
  8. 8. The sad reality • There is no way to ensure that students actually complete the assessments themselves • Many students are going straight to the assessments and ignoring the course content – Limiting number of attempts (Spring 2008)
  9. 9. The sad facts Usage by semester % Fall 2006 51 Spring 2007 39 Fall 2007 51 Usage by student category % Freshmen 53 Transfers 62 Repeaters 24
  10. 10. On the prowl for a new beast New tutorial – wish list: • Shorter modules with fewer words • Be more engaging • More formative assessment • Cater to different learning styles • Easy to customise, for a techno-thicko! – Open Publication License
  11. 11. Viewing the field • Reviewed the PRIMO database of instructional materials (over 170 items) • Attended conference sessions • Reviewed relevant discussion lists, e.g. ili-l
  12. 12. And the winner is! LINKS • TILT Searchpath LINKS→ → • From Lansing Community College (Michigan)
  13. 13. LINKS Tutorial Choosing Sources Creating a Search Strategy Using the Library Catalog Finding Articles in Research Databases Using the Web Citing Sources
  14. 14. From i-lion to LINKS • Software downloaded to TCNJ test server – Links made to OPAC and EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier • Basic alterations made using Adobe Contribute (web editing software for non-programmers) • Link with SOCS for formal assessment
  15. 15. Working with students • Awarded an I.T. mini- grant – 60 hours of student design assistance • Customisation and interactivity – Payment for performance testing • Navigation – Presentation – Interactivity – Content • Use of a wiki
  16. 16. Content considerations • Spelling, e.g. catalog/catalogue • Terminology, e.g. call numbers • American examples, e.g. journals • Library system – Module 3 took longest • Classification scheme – Library of Congress
  17. 17. The launch and beyond • Plan to launch in August 2008 – Pre-launch with academics • Will do more student surveys and compare results • Planning other specific tutorials
  18. 18. Time’s up • Questions? • Hands-on