Taming the Dragon

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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
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
 Please ask questions at any time
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
 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
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
 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
 Meeting the needs of a diverse student
 Enabling use of curriculum for multiple
 Integrating latest Web technologies
 Including latest pedagogies
 Managing course for delivery at multiple
More Goals
 Support lifelong learning
 Be learner centered
 Emphasize collaboration across
 Emphasize individual inquiry
 Be structured enough for freshman
 Enable exploration of values and
First version
 Included content on
    Different versions of email (pine, vax, etc)
    Gopher
    Telnet
    Catalogs
    Search Engines
    Evaluating information
    HTML
    FTP
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
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
 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

 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
 Requested $25,000 from UALC funds
   Staff
      Project Director
      Team
      Programmer
      Graphic design

   Development     and implementation of the
    new course
   Ongoing maintenance
        EXTREMELY time consuming
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
 Maintenance Team meets regularly
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
 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
 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
 Statewide funding is critical
 Collaboration is fun
 Collaboration takes more time
   For those involved in development and
 Results are richer and more useful
 Students are loving the course
 Students are learning
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

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