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Design An Information Literacy Tutorial ON A Scott Breivold Catherine Haras 10/29/07 California Library Association Today’s outcomes To help you plan a low-cost tutorial using your brainpower and a few software tools Your outcomes? Why design your own?

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Design

An Information Literacy Tutorial

ON A

Scott Breivold

Catherine Haras

10/29/07

California Library Association


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Today’s outcomes

  • To help you plan a low-cost tutorial using your brainpower and a few software tools

  • Your outcomes?


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Why design your own?

  • To reach your own special audience

  • Another way of providing instruction to your community

  • There’s nothing out there on your topic


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First steps:Audience

  • Who is your audience?

  • What is their information need?

  • Is a tutorial the best way to reach your audience?

  • How will the tutorial be used?

  • Is there another tutorial that already does the job? ~MERLOT


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First steps: Staff & equipment

  • How many staff can you devote to this project?

    • Consider workload

    • An average tutorial = X hours

  • What $$ may be safely earmarked?

  • Basic equipment needs

    • Software

    • Hardware


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Plan your tutorial

Who is your audience?

  • Demographics matter

    • 51% Latino/a

    • 20% Asian

    • English language learners

  • Focus groups held July 2006

    • Animation

    • Simple representation of the research


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Coming up with a concept

  • What concepts do you want to teach?

  • Most intensive part of the process

    • Planning takes time but saves money

    • Worth the extra effort to do the thinking up front

  • How will this tutorial be used?

  • ADA compliance


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Developing your tutorial

  • Brainstorm the concept

    • Keep it simple

    • Look at the ACRL outcomes

    • Create your own outcomes for the tutorial

    • Storyboards may help

  • Write the content

    • Two scripts were needed for voice, visuals

    • Less words the better

  • Try to “see” and “hear” your tutorial

    • Consider a glossary

    • Audience will determine language level


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Developing your tutorial

  • Create a timeline

  • Consult with…

    • Web team

    • Experts who can help with content

    • Computer geeks who can help with software

    • Administration

    • Faculty (if on a campus)

    • Local community users


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Developing our tutorial: Software/Hardware Tools we used

  • Photo/image editing software

    • Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

  • MS PowerPoint

  • Screen capturing software

    • Camtasia Studio

    • Adobe Captivate

  • Robust Computer

  • Headset/microphone


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Software Options

$100

$300

$300

-- Less expensive options are available . . .


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The process . . .

  • Created a PowerPoint presentation with our content, images, etc.

  • Used image editing software to manipulate images, crop photos, etc.

  • Recorded the PPT slides w/the Camtasia plug-in, then imported the video into Camtasia Studio

  • Added voice narration & background music to the presentation


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The process . . .

  • Used Camtasia Studio to convert each tutorial segment to Flash

  • Incorporated the Flash segments into an HTML page

  • Used a simple javascript to launch a new window with the flash presentations inside


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what about copyright?

  • We used clipart, photos we took ourselves, elements from TILT, & royalty-free stock photos we purchased from: www.photos.com

  • We purchased royalty-free background music tracks from: www.uniquetracks.com


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Camtasia Studio tips

  • View the online tutorials & quick-start movies (more than once if needed)

  • Record the slides first (using the PPT plug-in) then add the audio narration later

  • A little background music can really enrich the tutorial

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – experiment with the software and have fun with it!


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how the tutorial is presented on our website

Click image above to launch the tutorial in your browser


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Implementing your tutorial

  • Test your tutorial

    • Another focus group may be necessary

    • Ask the opinion of your target audience

    • Don’t be afraid to make changes

  • Manage your tutorial

    • One librarian should be responsible

    • Keep content and web links current



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