Informs at Intute Lisa Charnock Mimas Development Officer - Intute
Outline <ul><li>A bit of background </li></ul><ul><li>What is Informs and what can it do? </li></ul><ul><li>How are people...
Over the Pennines <ul><li>INFORMS at Huddersfield   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2001 – 2003  INFORMS created at the University o...
What is Informs? <ul><li>Flexible software tool for the creation of online tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Database of user cr...
The ‘Guide at the Side’ Live website
Creating a tutorial
How are people using Informs? <ul><li>Induction </li></ul><ul><li>Database guides </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded into online t...
… .and what do they think? <ul><li>“ Without Informs, our approach to information literacy would be scuppered. Student fee...
Future plans <ul><li>New project </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by JISC </li></ul><ul><li>April – October 2008 </li></ul><ul><li...
Informs Project Accessibility Functionality Community Assessment Implementation Customisation Web 2.0 Seminars Collaborati...
Contacts and help Informs Help: www.informs.intute.ac.uk/informshelp.html   Informs Contacts: www.informs.intute.ac.uk/con...
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VALNOW Conference: Informs

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Informs presentation delivered at the VALNOW Conference at UCLan, 8th May 2008

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VALNOW Conference: Informs

  1. 1. Informs at Intute Lisa Charnock Mimas Development Officer - Intute
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>A bit of background </li></ul><ul><li>What is Informs and what can it do? </li></ul><ul><li>How are people using Informs? </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans </li></ul>
  3. 3. Over the Pennines <ul><li>INFORMS at Huddersfield </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2001 – 2003 INFORMS created at the University of Huddersfield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 – 2007 User community lobbied for safe future home for INFORMS: JISC fund 6 month project to transfer INFORMS to Intute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informs at Intute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1st May 2007 Informs launches at Intute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registered institutions rise from 50 to over 200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database of over 2000 learning objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing programme of developments </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Informs? <ul><li>Flexible software tool for the creation of online tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Database of user created content for sharing, re-using and amending by other users </li></ul>
  5. 5. The ‘Guide at the Side’ Live website
  6. 6. Creating a tutorial
  7. 7. How are people using Informs? <ul><li>Induction </li></ul><ul><li>Database guides </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded into online tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development </li></ul>
  8. 8. … .and what do they think? <ul><li>“ Without Informs, our approach to information literacy would be scuppered. Student feedback on Informs used within our skills module tells us that their understanding and use of e-resources has improved as a result of our Informs tutorials. More importantly, they are telling us that their marks are also improving!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love using informs as this is great to introduce distance learners to databases who would normally miss out on classes. Students in classes always comment on how they enjoy using it to learn by doing rather than being shown.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can't imagine how long it would have taken me to develop my online tutorials without it!” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Future plans <ul><li>New project </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by JISC </li></ul><ul><li>April – October 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Three strands: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Informs Project Accessibility Functionality Community Assessment Implementation Customisation Web 2.0 Seminars Collaboration tools
  11. 11. Contacts and help Informs Help: www.informs.intute.ac.uk/informshelp.html Informs Contacts: www.informs.intute.ac.uk/contact.html

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