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Embedding an information literacy course into a learning management system: a case study

Janine Lockhart (CPUT Libraries, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 11 February 2021

Issue publication date: 22 July 2021



This article outlines how an existing information literacy (IL) course was developed and embedded into a Learning Management System (LMS) with the aim of creating a blended learning environment for the course. It outlines how the platform was chosen, choice of learning design (LD) approaches, tools and processes used, Open Educational Resources (OERs) incorporated, the choice of Creative Commons (CC) licensing, branding, usage options and formats of materials.


A mixed-method approach was used in conducting this research. The online course was piloted in 2017 with two groups of students who completed an online questionnaire to provide their evaluation and feedback.


The results showed a very positive evaluation by the students, which shows that the university is on the correct path with embedding IL into a learner management system.

Research limitations/implications

The author could not have the second face-to-face class with group 1 as was intended due to the student unrest at the university during this time. Also, with the disruption to the academic programme, the author had less feedback from students than expected; however, the 20% response rate was sufficient to inform the author’s future developments.

Practical implications

The flexibility (not a one size fits all) in usage was relevant and necessary to accommodate a number of student needs and socio-economic factors.


This article adds value to the academic project by showing how IL courses can successfully be embedded within an LMS, student preferences and socio-economic factors to be considered in a South African context.



The author would like to thank and acknowledge:- CPUT Libraries Management for supporting this research- All the librarians who formed part of the peer-review panel to review all online material- The CPUT multi-media department for assisting with video development and voice-recordings- Staff members who did the voice-overs.


Lockhart, J. (2021), "Embedding an information literacy course into a learning management system: a case study", Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 6/7, pp. 376-394.



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