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Taming the Dragon. The Collaborative Revitalization of an Online Library Skills Course Carol Hansen Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah & Nancy Lombardo Eccles Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. How many librarians does it take to create an online course?.

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taming the dragon

Taming the Dragon

The Collaborative Revitalization of an Online Library Skills Course

Carol Hansen

Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

&

Nancy Lombardo

Eccles Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

today s objectives
Today’s Objectives
  • Who’s here today?
  • Attendees will
    • Understand the development of the Internet Navigator online course
    • Get details on its collaborative management and funding
    • View some of the newer elements of the course
  • Please ask questions at any time
the internet navigator course
The Internet Navigator Course
  • What makes it unique?
  • Long term experiment in collaborative online course development
  • Multiple uses
  • Emphasis on information literacy competency assessment
the challenges
The Challenges
  • Enabling student learning
    • The ability to define, access, find evaluate and use information effectively
  • On and off campus
  • Across the state and around the world
  • Taking advantage of new technologies, new pedagogies and shared resources
  • NOT recreating the wheel at every institution
technology background
Technology Background
  • Library catalogs go online late 80’s
  • Email gets popular early 1990’s
  • Netscape Browser October 1994
  • Internet Navigator launched Jan 1996
  • Focus is on “what is the Internet?”
  • Infotrac goes on the Web June 1997
  • By 1998 a whole new focus is needed
utah academic library consortium
Utah Academic Library Consortium
  • 14 academic libraries
    • 9 public (U of Utah, Utah State, Weber State, Utah Valley…)
    • 2 private(BYU and Westminster)
    • Over 151,000 students
  • History of cooperation
    • Collecting, borrowing
    • Sharing (Pioneer), Nevada Libraries too
    • Instruction - Internet Navigator
goals of online course
Goals of Online Course
  • Meeting the needs of a diverse student body
  • Enabling use of curriculum for multiple purposes
  • Integrating latest Web technologies
  • Including latest pedagogies
  • Managing course for delivery at multiple institutions
more goals
More Goals
  • Support lifelong learning
  • Be learner centered
  • Emphasize collaboration across distances
  • Emphasize individual inquiry
  • Be structured enough for freshman
  • Enable exploration of values and reflection
first version
First version
  • Included content on
    • Different versions of email (pine, vax, etc)
    • Gopher
    • Telnet
    • Catalogs
    • Search Engines
    • Evaluating information
    • HTML
    • FTP
the shift
The Shift
  • From - “what is the Internet?”
  • To- effectively finding and using scholarly content found in Web based library resources
  • Other shifts
    • Online and distance ed merge
    • Emphasis on information literacy and assessing student learning
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1998
  • Our plans began
  • June LOEX of the West in Cedar City
  • New Tutorials – RIO, TILT, Net trail
  • The UALC Information for Life Task Force formed
    • Representation from all academic institutions in Utah
    • The State Library offered PL representation
primary goals for new course
Primary Goals for New Course
  • Promote information literacy in a global and dynamic information technology environment for all types of learners
  • Share curriculum
  • Promote shared resources in Utah
new course outline
New Course Outline
  • 1. What is the Internet
  • 2. Getting Started with Research
  • 3. Information Navigator
  • 4. Web publishing
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Research Assignments
    • Topic selection
    • Annotated bibliography
    • HTML and Web publishing
  • Quizzes
early administration and funding
Early Administration and Funding
  • Began with one time funding from HETI
    • For 10 librarians
  • Naively, no funding was sought for maintenance and ongoing support
  • Technical and server support was donated by U of U Eccles Library
  • Site has been mirrored since 1995
information for life grant
Information for Life Grant
  • Requested $25,000 from UALC funds for:
    • Staff
      • Project Director
      • Team
      • Programmer
      • Graphic design
    • Development and implementation of the new course
    • Ongoing maintenance
      • EXTREMELY time consuming
program planning
Program Planning
  • Development
    • Over a dozen librarians worked in teams to write first drafts of new curriculum over a year
    • Team worked with programmers and graphic artist
  • Implementation
    • Over a summer, 4 librarians rewrote rough drafts of modules
    • Group of 4 loaded new curriculum
    • Larger team proofed and made additional suggestions
  • Maintenance Team meets regularly
new course
New course
  • Tested Spring 2000
  • Over 1500 students enrolled each year at WSU alone
  • Very positive student response
    • Over 85% rated course as excellent or very good
  • Funding for ongoing maintenance
assessment
Assessment
  • Learning outcomes identified
  • Pretest, skills survey
  • Exercises – self assessment
  • Research project – practical
  • Quizzes – knowledge
  • Internal feedback forms
  • End of course evaluation – their feelings
  • Cyclical process
still to come
Still to come
  • Assignments requiring students to reflect even more
    • On their information needs,values, ethics
    • On how they use information now and in the future to gain knowledge in their areas of interest
  • New Student end of course evaluation
    • Assessing priority learning outcomes
what we ve learned
What we’ve learned
  • Statewide funding is critical
  • Collaboration is fun
  • Collaboration takes more time
    • For those involved in development and maintenance
  • Results are richer and more useful
  • Students are loving the course
  • Students are learning
demonstration of new course and questions
Demonstration of New Course and Questions?
  • http://www-navigator.utah.edu
  • Syllabus
  • Instructors (Global!)
  • /Faculty page – statewide clearinghouse
  • Flash Exercises
    • Call number
    • Evaluating
  • Questions?
    • chansen@weber.edu