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Using interactive technology to teach information literacy concepts to undergraduate students

Annie Armstrong (Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Helen Georgas (Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 October 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to measure the effectiveness of a highly interactive animated tutorial that aims to teach basic information literacy concepts to undergraduates and to determine which factors enhance online learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The tutorial was evaluated using 30 undergraduate students. Each test consisted of a pre‐tutorial questionnaire and a post‐tutorial questionnaire.

Findings

Data from the evaluative testing of the tutorial shows that the tutorial is effective in imparting information literacy concepts to undergraduate students. Students responded positively to the interactivity and game‐like nature of the tutorial.

Originality/value

The high degree of interactivity and the game‐like quality of the tutorial are key factors in its success. Thus, developers should aim to incorporate these elements into future online tutorials for undergraduate students.

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Citation

Armstrong, A. and Georgas, H. (2006), "Using interactive technology to teach information literacy concepts to undergraduate students", Reference Services Review, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 491-497. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320610716396

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2006, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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