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Title An Investigation into the use of an online tutorial in a third level college. A case study approach
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Rapid changes in technology and the proliferation of online sources has made information literacy (IL) a necessary and valued skill in today’s society. Academic libraries are faced with the challenges of delivering IL instruction to their entire body of students even with decreased resources. There has been a growing trend in academic libraries to create online tutorials that teach IL in order to meet demand. This study primarily investigates the effectiveness of such an online tutorial in teaching within a third level college in Ireland. A case study approach was used to discover the effectiveness of an online tutorial in terms of learning outcomes. Questionnaires were used to compare learning outcomes after use of the online tutorial and taught classes. In depth interviews were conducted with students, focus groups of teaching staff and students were assembled and students were observed using the online tutorial. The study found that although the staff and students of IT Sligo placed a high value on IL skills, there is a lack of appropriate training in this area. The study established that there is support from the lecturing staff and students of IT Sligo in embedding the online tutorial in the curriculum. The study found that after a further collaborative process with stakeholders and further improvement of the online tutorial, integration into the curriculum should be easily achieved. This improvement would include universal design principles and improvement of multimedia principles. Other improvements include using a more socially constructivist framework. This study found that students and staff favour a blended learning environment therefore the online tutorial should be used in conjunction with taught classes. This study suggests that after improvements are made to the online tutorial it is an effective tool for the teaching of information literacy in IT Sligo.

Subjects/Keywords online tutorials; academic libraries; information literacy
Contributors Lane, Catriona
Language en
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Country of Publication ie
Record ID handle:10344/3885
Repository limerick
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-08-13

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…third level college in Ireland in which three staff attempt to deliver IL training to students. There has been a recent trend in libraries to create online tutorials that teach IL. It was decided to create an online tutorial using the ANZIL (…

…x29; Libraries struggle in general to provide IL training to students. One solution to this problem which many libraries have used is to create online tutorials. 2 The relevance of this study is to ascertain if pervious literature in the area of…

…using technology to teach IL is evident within the actual use of an online tutorial. Other factors are also identified which are specific to the use of online tutorials such as testing and implementation. 1.5 Significance of the Research Due to the…

…trend in libraries to create online tutorials, it is of increased importance to research the use and efficacy of these tutorials This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of an online tutorial in teaching IL, as well as the value staff and…

…64 4.3 Findings by Research Question .................................................................... 67 iii 4.3.1 Does effective learning occur when an online tutorial is used for IL teaching…

…67 4.3.2 What is the Value of the Online Tutorial to Staff and Students? ........... 73 4.3.3 How should the online tutorial be used by staff and students? ............. 79 4.3.4 How can an online tutorial be improved for more effective learning…

…84 5.2 Discussion of Research Findings .................................................................. 84 5.2.1 Does effective learning occur when an online tutorial is used for IL teaching…

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