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Visual Tutorials for Point-of-Need Instruction in Online Courses
Journal of Library Administration (2008)
  • Holly B.A. Heller-Ross, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Debra Kimok, SUNY Plattsburgh

This paper will discuss a method of incorporating demonstrations into online information and technology literacy courses. The demonstrations are designed to increase the visual component and to address point-of-need questions and problems. Also discussed will be experimentations with this method in other library services, such as electronic reference services, one-shot course-related instruction, subject research guides, and outreach to faculty for their own professional development and as a way to incorporate information and technology literacy in their courses. Recent developments in tutorial software have made it possible to quickly create brief demonstration modules to visually illustrate information literacy concepts and research tools. The primary example presented here is the incorporation of short, task-oriented demonstrations into lesson modules, answers to student questions, and assignment instructions and feedback in an online information and technology literacy course. Initial comments from students and instructors indicate high satisfaction with this method.

  • Distance learning,
  • information literacy,
  • point-of-need instruction,
  • screencasting,
  • technology literacy,
  • tutorials
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Holly B.A. Heller-Ross and Debra Kimok. "Visual Tutorials for Point-of-Need Instruction in Online Courses" Journal of Library Administration Vol. 48 Iss. 3/4 (2008)
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