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Publication date: 9 February 2015

Rebecca Halpern and Chimene Tucker

– The purpose of this paper is to apply adult-centered learning theories to online information literacy tutorials.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to apply adult-centered learning theories to online information literacy tutorials.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual paper that examines the application of adult learning theories to online information literacy tutorials. The application is supported by examples from the literature of libraries and higher education, and from the writers’ own experiences with designing online tutorials informed by adult learning theories.

Findings

As online learners continue to be a growing population on our campuses, and as those online learners continue to be older than our traditional students, librarians must be prepared to design information literacy objects tailored to the unique learning styles of adults. Building from Knowles’ theory of andragogy, online tutorials that are informed by adult-centered strategies can be powerful tools for engaging with the adult online learner.

Practical implications

This article gives a useful and comprehensive overview of adult learning theory as applied by education and library researchers. It also provides a specific example of how those theories can be implemented in online tutorials through the Information Literacy Toolkit the authors created.

Originality/value

While there is literature on applying adult learning theory to library environments, little of it addresses how to do so in an asynchronous, self-paced tutorial. This is a contribution to the literature on asynchronous learning environments and suggests concrete ways to incorporate an adult-centered approach to digital learning objects.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 43 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 9 February 2015

Joan Petit and Sara Thompson

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Reference Services Review, vol. 43 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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