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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


What is Information Literacy?: Queens University Information Literacy Tutorial (QUILT)

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2011 by Library and Information Services
Overview: This tutorial presents an introduction to information literacy and an overview of the different types of information available to researchers, and examples of when these resources might be used appropriately.
Learning Goals: This tutorial seeks to orient the student to the types of information resources available and teach them when this resources might best be used.
Target Student Population: This tutorial is appropriate to high school or lower division college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Adobe Flash Player is required.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: This tutorial would be appropriate to high school or lower division college students first beginning to use the library for assignments.
Technical Requirements: The Adobe Flash Player is required.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This tutorial does a good job of introducing students to the concept of information literacy. It also provides them with a good description of different information sources and gives effective examples of the situations where each source should be used.
Concerns: The treatment of each broad resource group is very brief and therefore not exhaustive. The tutorial should be used as a stepping stone in a discussion of resources and perhaps be followed up with a more detailed discussion.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The tutorial provides a basic introduction to information resources, and does it in an effective way. The resources are introduced and then reinforced with examples of when they should be used.
Concerns: The tutorial has no specific examples of the resources mentioned and the resources are treated very briefly. This should not be the only resource used to introduce students to this topic. The tutorial might also benefit from interactive elements to reinforce the topics learned.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The tutorial is short and easy to navigate. It includes some animation and pictures of the resources spoken about.
Concerns: The tutorial might benefit from an index to help the student revisit elements again.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a very brief treatment of each resource, with little discussion of the characteristics of the information found within each resource. The tutorial might benefit from an expanded overview of each resource.