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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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An Information Literacy Tutorial


Scott Breivold

Catherine Haras


California Library Association

today s outcomes
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
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
first steps audience
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
first steps staff equipment
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
plan your tutorial
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
coming up with a concept
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
developing your tutorial
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
developing your tutorial9
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
developing our tutorial software hardware tools we used
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
software options
Software Options




-- Less expensive options are available . . .

the process
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
the process13
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
what about copyright
what about copyright?
  • We used clipart, photos we took ourselves, elements from TILT, & royalty-free stock photos we purchased from:
  • We purchased royalty-free background music tracks from:
camtasia studio tips
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!

how the tutorial is presented on our website
how the tutorial is presented on our website

Click image above to launch the tutorial in your browser

implementing your tutorial
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