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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
  • 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
  • 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