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TILT - Texas Information Literacy Tutorial

TILT - Texas Information Literacy Tutorial

Interactive tutorial which will prepare the user to effectively research library resources and the Internet.

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Megan Hodge
Megan Hodge (Librarian)
7 years ago

Link has expired and the material migrated elsewhere, in various forms.

susan gibbons
susan gibbons (Student)
11 years ago
Tutorials contain many features that make them engaging. The examples used in the tutorials differ based on the user's selection of an area of interested, such as "global communities" or "Internet business." The incorporation of Flash technology, along with audio and great visuals, does a great deal to keep the user engaged. Moreover, the quizes at the end of each module provide users with immediate feedback as to whether the key points of the tutorial were firmly understood. The only drawback is that each of the three modules takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, which makes it difficult to incorporate them into a single, one-off bibliographic instruction session.
Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka
13 years ago
I like the format of this site. It is straight forward with different types of
delivery. It is interesting with the text popping up on the screen. And each
topic is relatively short, so someone could pop in, catch a topic and then go on
to something else, but come back later and pick up on the topics they missed.
Used in course? Yes
Lynette Sorenson
Lynette Sorenson (Librarian)
14 years ago
TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial) provides a means for students to
choose a current issue of interest to them and as they work through the tutorial
they learn about libraries, information resources and research. Each module
begins with a list of objectives and then provides opportunities for students to
build their research and critical thinking skills as they follow the discussion
and in some versions they are provided with assistance as they search online
databases and library catalogs. A review at the end of each section reinforces
what has been covered and provides additional learning opportunities. Students
are also given the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned by
responding to the question ?what is the most important thing you have learned
from this module?? When incorporated into course software such as Blackboard or
WebCT, students have easy access to the tutorial and professors can track its
use. Libraries can customize TILT for their users and SearchPath
is one example. The Librarians at
Western Michigan University have added a couple modules, but have made them
shorter than in the original TILT version. They have also added more excitement
and interaction by using Flash. In a recent class where I introduced TILT to
the students and had them do one of the modules, they commented that they found
it fun and helpful. This tutorial is a good supplement to library instruction
sessions and students would benefit from completing the modules before the
actual class time.
Used in course? Yes
Cheryl Devenney
Cheryl Devenney (Faculty)
15 years ago
I browsed each module and completed two of them through the quizzes. This software covers all aspects of a course in information competency, including an overview of the internet and its limitations as a research tool. It also stresses the importance of selection and evaluation in utilizing sources for both personal and academic purposes.
The software would be best used as a review at the end of each online or face-to-face teaching module. The learning objectives are geared to a higher education audience level having little or no research experience. These objectives are stated at the beginnning of each module, and the practical examples given in the tutorials provide seamless interactivity.

Technical Remarks:

The software requires little technical support, and flows easily. Each screen includes easily read buttons that move through each module or allow for exiting. Menus and text are readable and present information in an attractive format. The software also provides a means for relaying quiz scores to the instructor. One drawback could be the speed in which the material is presented on each screen, allowing very little time to read the text before moving on to the next screen.
Used in course? Yes
Steven Leach
Steven Leach (Student)
15 years ago
Strength(s):
This Tutorial was highly interactive with goofy but fun games to keep the
learner involved in the learning. I was pleased to see the IT style of learning
(teaching to the test) used for both instruction, and testing knowledge.

Concern(s):
Although, information may be useful to some students, others may have had
prior knowledge making this tutorial very basic and not envolving to the
students with prior expirence.

Technical Remarks:

Had some troubles navagiting on some pages. I needed to reload my web browser.
Quizes and general learning were fantastic. I was very pleased to see that the
quiz results could be emailed to a professor who had assigned this to their
students.
Used in course? Yes
Mehdi Zadeh
Mehdi Zadeh (Student)
15 years ago
Overall the site was very well done. I am amazed at this site because it would
be a great source for students.

Technical Remarks:

Well done, sometimes a bit misleading, but good set up.
Eric Acree
Eric Acree (Faculty)
17 years ago
In each module students will learn concepts and practice them through
interactions. At the conclusion of each module, they can test their
comprehension and receive immediate feedback. Each module takes less than 30
minutes to complete.