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Courseware in academic library user education: a literature review from the GAELS joint electronic library project

Joint, N. and Kemp, B. and Ashworth, S. (2001) Courseware in academic library user education: a literature review from the GAELS joint electronic library project. Research in Learning Technology, 9 (3). pp. 26-42. ISSN 0968-7769

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Abstract

The use of courseware for information skills teaching in academic libraries has been growing for a number of years. The GAELS project was required to create a set of learning materials to support joint electronic library activity at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and conducted a literature review of the subject. This review discovered a range of factors common to successful library courseware implementations, such as the need for practitioners to feel a sense of ownership of the medium, a need for courseware customization to local information environments, and an emphasis on training packages for large bodies of undergraduates. However, we also noted underdeveloped aspects worthy of further attention, such as treatment of pedagogic issues in library CAL implementations and use of hypertextual learning materials for more advanced information skills training. We suggest ways of improving library teaching practice and further areas of research.

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