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How practical can you get?
A simple way to create an
information literacy tutorial
Jacqui Weetman DaCosta
Some practical information
From August 2006
(as DaCosta)
• Information Literacy
Librarian at The College
of New Jersey
– S...
How practical will this be?
• Evaluation of existing IL
tutorial
• Review of tutorials
currently ‘on the market’
• Develop...
i-LION Tutorial
• Adapted from TILT (Texas Information
Literacy Tutorial)
http://tilt.lib.utsystem.edu/
• Serves as course...
Evaluation of i-LION
• Student surveys
– April 2007 (2 cohorts)
• Sent to 1859 students
• Response rate – 16%
– November 2...
Student surveys
Strongly agree and
Agree responses
April 2007 November
2007
The tutorial was
easy to understand
71.8% 73.3...
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 coul...
The sad reality
• There is no way to ensure
that students actually
complete the
assessments themselves
• Many students are...
The sad facts
Usage by
semester
%
Fall 2006 51
Spring 2007 39
Fall 2007 51
Usage by
student category
%
Freshmen 53
Transfe...
On the prowl for a new beast
New tutorial – wish list:
• Shorter modules with
fewer words
• Be more engaging
• More format...
Viewing the field
• Reviewed the PRIMO
database of instructional
materials (over 170 items)
http://www.ala.org/apps/primo/...
And the winner is!
LINKS
• TILT Searchpath LINKS→ →
• From Lansing Community
College (Michigan)
http://www.lcc.edu/library...
LINKS Tutorial
Choosing Sources
Creating a Search Strategy
Using the Library Catalog
Finding Articles in Research
Database...
From i-lion to LINKS
• Software downloaded to
TCNJ test server
– Links made to OPAC and
EBSCOhost Academic Search
Premier
...
Working with students
• Awarded an I.T. mini-
grant
– 60 hours of student
design assistance
• Customisation and
interactiv...
Content considerations
• Spelling, e.g.
catalog/catalogue
• Terminology, e.g. call numbers
• American examples, e.g.
journ...
The launch and beyond
• Plan to launch in August
2008
– Pre-launch with academics
• Will do more student
surveys and compa...
Time’s up
• Questions?
• Hands-on
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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) http://tilt.lib.utsystem.edu/ • 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 http://www.tcnj.edu/~ilion/
  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) http://www.ala.org/apps/primo/public/search.cfm • Attended conference sessions • Reviewed relevant discussion lists, e.g. ili-l http://www.ala.org/ala/acrlbucket/is/ilil.cfm
  12. 12. And the winner is! LINKS • TILT Searchpath LINKS→ → • From Lansing Community College (Michigan) http://www.lcc.edu/library/library-instruction/links/index.ht
  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

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