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Developing and evaluating an interactive information skills tutorial

Grant, MJ and Brettle, A 2006, 'Developing and evaluating an interactive information skills tutorial' , Health Information and Libraries Journal, 23 , pp. 79-86.

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Abstract

Objective:  To develop and evaluate a web-based interactive information skills tutorial integrated into the curriculum. To determine whether the tutorial was acceptable to students and explore the use of a skills assessment tool in identifying whether the tutorial improved skills. Methods:  The development of a tutorial on OVID medline to teach transferable information skills. A small cohort study to evaluate students’ views on the tutorial and its effects on information skills. Results:  Thirteen objective assessments were usable. There was a statistically significant improvement in mean final assessment scores, compared with mean pre-training scores, F(2,14) = 11.493, P = 0.001. Eleven (85%) students had improved their overall information skills. The improvement in overall searching skills was enhanced by referral to the tutorial. Conclusions:  The tutorial was successfully developed and integrated into a Masters programme curriculum. In this setting, it appears to reinforce active learning, and was well received by students, who developed core generic searching skills and demonstrated improved information skills in the short and longer term. Students could use the tutorial for revision and study at a time and place of their choosing. Further evaluation is required to assess the impact of using the tutorial with large groups of students, and as a stand-alone teaching medium.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Journal or Publication Title: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1471-1834
Depositing User: MJ Grant
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:52
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:12
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/18092

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