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douglas cook d ed shippensburg u of pa dlcook@ship edu

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

shippensburg university
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
Why a BlackBoard Tutorial?
  • 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 tutorial5
Why a BlackBoard Tutorial?
  • Large group of graduate commuters who want off-campus access
  • Undergrads expect digital services

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Why a BlackBoard Tutorial?
  • “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
How we got started
  • 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
The Task Force
  • Created a task force in January of 2001
    • Doug Cook –

Ref. and Inst. Librarian

    • Berk Laite –

Ref. Coordinator

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planning issues
Planning Issues
  • New ACRL Info Literacy Standards
  • A look at other tutorials
  • College Writing Faculty
  • BlackBoard Software
  • Students

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acrl info literacy standards
ACRL Info Literacy Standards
  • 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
Tutorial Content Outline
  • 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
1. Digital Information Environment
  • What is Information Literacy
  • Choosing a Topic

Searching the Web

Keywords and Search Strategies

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2 su electronic databases
2. SU Electronic Databases
  • Electronic Databases and the Free Web
  • Types of Electronic Databases
  • SU Library Resources

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3 critically thinking about digital resources
3. Critically Thinking about Digital Resources
  • Evaluating Digital Resources
  • Ethical Use of Digital Resources
  • MLA Style

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a look at other tutorials
A look at other tutorials
  • http://www3.baylor.edu/LIRT/

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su library skills programs
SU Library Skills programs
  • 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
What we learned from other tutorials and previous experience
  • Provide a context
  • “Chunks” of information
  • Presentation plus an activity
  • Test/quiz

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college writing faculty
College Writing Faculty
  • 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
BlackBoard

Instructional content is often influenced by its delivery vehicle

“The medium is the message.”

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BlackBoard 5.0.2J J J J J J J
  • Tracking and grading
  • Easy to learn (students and faculty)

It was there!

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BlackBoard 5.0.2L L L L L L
  • Navigation buttons can’t change
  • Quiz creating is awkward

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

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the first draft
The first draft
  • Created a name and a ‘theme’
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Follow up quizzes

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introduction to ship to shore

Introduction to Ship to Shore

Lesson 1: What is Information Literacy?

Theme

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Introduction to Ship to Shore

Lesson 1: What is Information Literacy?

Sample Slide

Lesson 1

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2 choosing a topic
2. Choosing a Topic
  • 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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3 searching the www
Sample Slide

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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4 advanced searching
Sample Slide

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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5 advanced searching match all
Sample Slide

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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6 searching an electronic database
Periodical Articles

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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7 searching the library catalog
Sample Slide

Lesson 7

7. Searching the Library Catalog

This is a citation for a book.

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8 printed materials vs web sites
Sample Slide

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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9 plagiarism stealing
Sample Slide

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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10 mla the basic entry a web site
Sample Slide

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. .

Example:Victorian Women Writers Project. Ed. Perry Willet. Apr. 1997. Indiana Univ. 26 Apr. 1997.

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road show time
Road Show Time
  • Library Faculty
  • Library Dean
  • SU President and Cabinet
  • College Writing Faculty

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pilot testing
Pilot testing
  • 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
Individual Student

“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
Email log

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

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

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
In Class Observation

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
Discussion w/ colleagues
  • 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
Student Focus Group
  • 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 j j j j j j
Student Focus GroupJ 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 GroupL 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
  • 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
What we learned
  • 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 learned52
What we learned
  • 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
  • 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 learned54
What we learned
  • 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
Plans for fall 02
  • 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
Ship to Shore URL
  • http://cde.sshe.edu:8082/
  • Log in as
    • Username - Ezra
    • Password - Lehman

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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

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