Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Bite-Sized Online Tutorials

Library Services is creating a series of interactive tutorials designed to help students make sense of the research process. Of course, we already offer many resources to help students develop information literacy skills--from Library Guides to face-to-face classroom instruction. What’s new here?

In the new series, we’re focusing on bite-sized lessons. We’re breaking down the research process and the wealth of resources we offer into short, hands-on tutorials designed to teach a single concept so students and faculty can zero in on a particular skill that needs attention right now. 

By selecting from the series a la carte, faculty can assign students to tackle any combination of skills in whichever order makes the most sense pedagogically. Since we’re adding them to our Online Tutorials page, anyone can drop by 24/7 to find a few helpful starting places.

If as a faculty member, you’ve noticed that your students have difficulty selecting a topic for an upcoming research paper, you might assign your students to complete our new Choosing a Topic module. This engaging and interactive tutorial will help them get a handle on broadening and narrowing their topic ideas. In addition, we introduce basic strategies, with engaging examples and illustrations, and let them practice what they’re learning on the spot. Our tutorials come packed with fun activities like drag-and-drop activities that immediately allow students to apply a concept they’ve just explored to a relevant, real-world scenario.

Finally, each tutorial includes a brief multiple-choice quiz that provides immediate feedback. Need a way to see how they’re doing so far with a new concept? Students can print off their quiz results and turn them in.

These tutorials offer flexibility to faculty to choose how to incorporate these engaging new tutorials into your classes and assignments. They can be discussion-starters, first steps before hands-on classroom time with a librarian, assignment supplements that can be threaded through any research-related writing assignment, or used to introduced a flipped classroom-session. Consult with a librarian at your campus to explore the possibilities!

For now, we hope you’ll explore our first three modules, and let us know what you think:

We’ll keep adding new modules as we complete them, so please watch for updates. Look for the entire suite in Fall 2014.

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