Monday, October 04, 2004

COLOURFUL, FLEXIBLE, VIRTUAL: MOVING INFORMATION LITERACY EDUCATION ONTO THE WWW. This essay is by Merril Rogers and Wendy Abbott of Griffith University. It was presented at the Lifelong learning conference, Central Queensland University, 2000.

From the site:

Griffith University Library is spread across six campuses in South-east Queensland with an increasing number of university students studying in flexible and off-campus mode. Thus the need for an online tutorial via the World Wide Web to teach generic information literacy skills was identified.The paper looks at the process of developing a dynamic information literacy skills program to meet the needs of students from all campuses. The completed program, the Library Research Tutorial, provides students with instruction, online practice, and assessment. It covers a range of topics including the following.

Thinking about the topic.

What sort of information is needed.

Introduction to databases.

Using the library catalogue (telnet and Web).

Other electronic databases.

World Wide Web resources.

Evaluating resources.

The paper addresses issues of integrating the program into the curriculum in first year subjects within the broader context of embedding education for generic skills such as information literacy into undergraduate courses of study.

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