This series of online tutorials includes videos that address ICT: information formats, findings and using information, information technologies and ethics.
Type of Material:
Individual and in-class assignments to support student skills development before required university information literacy/graduation assessment. Once students have completed the Madison Research Essentials Toolkit they are expected to take the Madison Research Essential Skills Test (MREST)and pass before the end of their first year at the university. Alternatively, ask the students to view the videos as homework, and discuss them in class. Then ask the students apply the video concepts in conducting a research project.
Browser and familiarity with using YouTube within browser (particularly for accessing CC if needed although website provides transcripts for each module/video)
Browser used Chrome: latest version 60.0.3112
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The Madison Research Essentials Toolkit is designed introduce and orient students to: orient students to the James Madison University Libraries and provide information literacy skills training. The tutorial is divided into 6 information toolkit areas: 1. Information Formats ;2. Needing And Finding Information; 3. Evaluating Information;
4. Using Information;5. Information Technologies;6. Information Ethics. Learners are expected to listen and review to the videos in preparation to taking the required university Information Literacy assessment (Madison Research Essentials Skills Test). Much of the information provided is transferable to any university setting trying to build student IL skillsets.
Target Student Population:
The tutorials were designed for JMU's undergraduate students and targeted at their students enrolled in the General Education Cluster One-Skills for the 21st Century Information Literacy course. They are applicable to library and information professional majors, composition students, and general education students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
BASIC ICT literacy
Very well detailed tutorials divided into 6 major component areas. Each tutorial is accompanied by a fully accessible ADA transcript. The narration of each video is clear and straightforward with strong examples provided to complement the learning outcomes assigned to each module.
The content is based on the ACRL 2000 information literacy standards.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives reflect the 2000 ACRL information literacy skills. The videos build upon each other to reinforce and extend learning. The concrete examples and resource "screen dumps" also facilitate learning, so that the toolkit serves as an effective package of information. The structure also helps instructors design learning activities that incorporate the videos in several academic domains.
The term ICT literacy is not used, and the 2000 standards have been replaced by the 2106 framework. It is not clear if students need to take a pre-assessment to make certain that they will understand the variety of library jargon vocabulary used - but this a very minor concern as overall the resources is so good.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website uses a toolkit metaphor (and related images), which sets the tone for the materials. The videos have an informative and engaging approach. Images are appropriate, and help reinforce or clarify the concepts. The videos are ADA-compliant in that a transcript accompanies each one.
The tutorial might benefit from more interactivity rather than lecture style tutorial. guidance.
Other Issues and Comments:
In the information technologies tutorial- it is likely that continuous updating will be needed to keep up with technology trends.
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