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Douglas Cook, D.Ed Shippensburg U. of PA [email protected] Ship to Shore: An Online Information Literacy Tutorial Using BlackBoard Distance Education Software Shippensburg University PA State System of Higher Ed. 7,500 students Primarily resident campus

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Douglas Cook, D.EdShippensburg U. of [email protected]

Ship to Shore: An Online Information Literacy Tutorial Using BlackBoard Distance Education Software

Shippensburg University, SHip to SHORE


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Shippensburg University

  • PA State System of Higher Ed.

  • 7,500 students

  • Primarily resident campus

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Why is a nice, little, resident liberal arts college messing about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

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Why a BlackBoard Tutorial? about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • SSHE has been experimenting with distance education

  • SU President encourages faculty to experiment with technology

  • SU Library Dean includes technology in her definition of Information Literacy

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Why a BlackBoard Tutorial? about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Large group of graduate commuters who want off-campus access

  • Undergrads expect digital services

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Why a BlackBoard Tutorial? about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • “If they can’t get it from their computers in their dorm rooms, they feel that they aren’t responsible for it”

    SU faculty member

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How we got started about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Official “charge” from the SU President to the Library Dean to the Library faculty

  • …give the students a “distance education experience”

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The Task Force about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Created a task force in January of 2001

    • Doug Cook –

      Ref. and Inst. Librarian

    • Berk Laite –

      Ref. Coordinator

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Planning Issues about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • New ACRL Info Literacy Standards

  • A look at other tutorials

  • College Writing Faculty

  • BlackBoard Software

  • Students

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ACRL Info Literacy Standards about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Pre-Search

  • Actual Search

  • Post-Search

  • Using Information acquired in the Search

  • Economic, legal, and social issues regarding information

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Tutorial Content Outline about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Digital Information Environment

    Activating prior knowledge and then building on that

  • SU Electronic Databases

    What we have traditionally taught

  • Critically Thinking about Digital Resources

    New territory

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1. Digital Information Environment about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • What is Information Literacy

  • Choosing a Topic

Searching the Web

Keywords and Search Strategies

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2. SU Electronic Databases about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Electronic Databases and the Free Web

  • Types of Electronic Databases

  • SU Library Resources

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3. Critically Thinking about Digital Resources about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Evaluating Digital Resources

  • Ethical Use of Digital Resources

  • MLA Style

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A look at other tutorials about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • http://www3.baylor.edu/LIRT/

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SU Library Skills programs about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Has been a requirement for 15 years

  • Late 80s – 1 hour presentation

  • Early 90s – paper based tutorial

  • Late 90s – web based tutorial, incorporated as a part of Freshman Writing

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What we learned from other tutorials and previous experience about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Provide a context

  • “Chunks” of information

  • Presentation plus an activity

  • Test/quiz

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College Writing Faculty about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Were interested in continuing as our collaborative partner

  • Their perception of students needs coincided with ACRL Literacy Standards

  • Were unwilling to become BB ‘experts’

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BlackBoard about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Instructional content is often influenced by its delivery vehicle

“The medium is the message.”

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BlackBoard 5.0.2 about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?J J J J J J J

  • Tracking and grading

  • Easy to learn (students and faculty)

It was there!

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  • Navigation buttons can’t change

  • Quiz creating is awkward

    (I used Respondus instead – www.respondus.com)

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The first draft about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Created a name and a ‘theme’

  • PowerPoint presentations

  • Follow up quizzes

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Introduction to Ship to Shore about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 1: What is Information Literacy?

Theme

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Introduction to Ship to Shore about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 1: What is Information Literacy?

Sample Slide

Lesson 1

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2. Choosing a Topic about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Click here and go to CQ Researcher.

  • Browse for a topic which interests you and record it on your checklist.

  • Then finish this presentation.

Browse by Topic

Sample Slide

Lesson 2

Quick Search

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 3

3. Searching the WWW

  • People have said that finding anything on the WWW is like finding something in your Grandma’s attic – you have lots of fun looking, but its hard to wade through all that stuff to find exactly what you want.

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 4

4. Advanced Searching

  • This is Google’s Advanced Search page.

  • It allows you to do all four Advanced Searches.

Advanced Search

With all the words

Google Search

With any of the words

With the exact phrase

Without the words

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 5

5. Advanced Searching MATCH ALL

  • If your topic is a combination of several ideas you will want to search for pages which contain ALL of your terms

  • Choose AND to connect your topics

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Periodical Articles about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Sample Slide

Lesson 6

6. Searching an Electronic Database.

Article Full Text Databases

This article is from EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier.

From Clearing House, Mar/Apr2001

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 7

7. Searching the Library Catalog

This is a citation for a book.

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 8

8. Printed Materials vs Web Sites

  • Usually printed materials go through some sort of evaluation by a publisher or editor before they are printed.

  • Anyone can instantly “publish” something on the Internet even if they know nothing about the topic.

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 9

9. Plagiarism = Stealing

  • Imagine how you would feel if you came up with a good idea and someone else took the credit for it.

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Sample Slide about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Lesson 10

10. MLA – The Basic Entry: A Web Site

Title of the web site. Name of the editor or author if given. Electronic publication information. Date researcher [you] visited site. <Electronic Address, or URL, of the source>.

Example:Victorian Women Writers Project. Ed. Perry Willet. Apr. 1997. Indiana Univ. 26 Apr. 1997. <http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/>

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Road Show Time about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Library Faculty

  • Library Dean

  • SU President and Cabinet

  • College Writing Faculty

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Pilot testing about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Individual student testing and logging questions

  • 1 section of College Writing in the summer of 2001

  • 8 sections of College Writing in the fall of 2001

  • 8 sections of College Writing in the spring of 2002

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Individual Student about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

“There should be directions for people who never have used PowerPoint before. It is simple, but some people don't know how to advance from one page to the next.”

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Email log about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Oct. 17 – …quiz asked students to go to EBSCOhost Newspapers, which had inadvertently been taken from the EBSCOhost choice list.

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Email log about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Oct 23 – Student could not get into BB from home. (I subsequently called her on the phone. She apparently had an old browser and was unwilling to download a new one. She finally came to the library to complete the tutorial.)

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Email log about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Oct 25 – CW faculty could not view .ppt presentations on her Mac. (Was not able to solve this during the first pilot.)

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In Class Observation about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

Some students had a very difficult time understanding the linear concept of ‘presentation,’ ‘activity,’ presentation,’ ‘activity.’ The paper checklist did not help these kids as they were verbal, kinesthetic learners.

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Discussion w/ colleagues about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Grading – (During the first pilot) It takes a Librarian 5-10 minutes to grade each student’s answers as the tutorial is currently structured. (multiply 5 minutes times 900 students and you get more that we can deal with.)

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Student Focus Group about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • What is Information Literacy 3 least valuable

  • Choosing a Topic 3 least valuable

  • Searching the Web 4 least valuable

  • Keywords and Search Strategies1 most valuable

  • Electronic Databases and the Free Web 2 most, 2 least

  • Types of SU Electronic Databases

  • SU Library Resources 4 most valuable

  • Evaluating Digital Resources

  • Ethical Use of Digital Resources 2 most valuable

  • MLA Style 3 most valuable

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Student Focus Group about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?J J J J J J

  • What did you like most

  • Relevant, helpful

  • Easy to navigate

  • To the point

  • Convenient

  • Organized

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Student Focus Group about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?L L L L L L

  • What would you change

  • Add music

  • Make shorter

  • More action

  • Don’t include so much about web searching

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Student Focus Group about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • What New Ideas did you learn

  • How to search

  • Library resources

  • Choosing a topic

  • MLA style

  • Ethical use of resources

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What we learned about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Don’t use ‘library’ words

  • Find a ‘detail’ person to work with you

  • Don’t use open ended questions

  • Not everyone has PowerPoint on their computers

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What we learned about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Give students a deadline

  • Assign the tutorial just before the research assignment is about to begin

  • Provide students with a paper checklist

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What we learned about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • 95% of the students will have no problems at all

  • It is almost impossible for some students to think in a linear fashion

  • Some freshman still have a fear of computers

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What we learned about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • Make a realistic estimate of the time that you think the project will take and multiply that by 2

Or 3….

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Plans for fall 02 about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • 900 freshmen per semester will be enrolled

  • CW faculty will have options

    • Tutorial plus follow-up

    • Tutorial

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Ship to Shore URL about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?

  • http://cde.sshe.edu:8082/

  • Log in as

    • Username - Ezra

    • Password - Lehman

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Douglas Cook, D.Ed about with ‘Distance Ed.’ technology?Shippensburg U. of [email protected]

Ship to Shore: An Online Information Literacy Tutorial Using BlackBoard Distance Education Software

Shippensburg University, SHip to SHORE


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