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A new approach to online database instruction: developing the guide on the side

A new approach to online database instruction: developing the guide on the side Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and rationale for the creation of a scalable approach to online database instruction. Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the pedagogical, organizational, and technological considerations for developing an interactive, online tutorial that can be used by librarians for database instruction. Findings – Database instruction during one‐shot library sessions is a cornerstone of information literacy programs, but with a move to online instruction, it has not been clear how to replicate many of the pedagogical advantages that take place in a face‐to‐face environment. Librarians along with programmers have developed a new type of scalable and pedagogically‐sound interactive tutorial. Originality/value – The paper provides librarians with a history of the development of a tutorial that has been released as open‐source software program that can be easily modified by other libraries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

A new approach to online database instruction: developing the guide on the side

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/00907321311300947
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and rationale for the creation of a scalable approach to online database instruction. Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the pedagogical, organizational, and technological considerations for developing an interactive, online tutorial that can be used by librarians for database instruction. Findings – Database instruction during one‐shot library sessions is a cornerstone of information literacy programs, but with a move to online instruction, it has not been clear how to replicate many of the pedagogical advantages that take place in a face‐to‐face environment. Librarians along with programmers have developed a new type of scalable and pedagogically‐sound interactive tutorial. Originality/value – The paper provides librarians with a history of the development of a tutorial that has been released as open‐source software program that can be easily modified by other libraries.

Journal

Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 15, 2013

Keywords: University libraries; Database management; Information searching; Internet; Open source software; Online database instruction; Scalable instruction; Instructional design; Information literacy instruction

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