ERIC Number: ED246859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Using an Audio Cassette and Workbook for Group Training.
Gordon, Dena W.
A self-instructional audiocassette/workbook training kit, Learn INFORM, was designed to teach new users how to search the database ABI/INFORM and to help more experienced searchers sharpen their searching skills. The 35-minute audiocassette is a dialogue between an information specialist and an end user, while the step-by-step workbook includes exercises, search samples, and a guide to using ABI/INFORM on each system where the file is available. Group sessions were implemented with six online user groups to assess its effectiveness in a group setting; a designated leader operated the tape player and served as a moderator for each group. An ABI/INFORM training survey was sent to 60 attendees in four of the six groups. Of the 46 (77%) respondents, 85% had at least 6-months search experience, although 57% rarely searched ABI/INFORM. The audiocassette and workbook were generally viewed favorably, and overall responses to the session were positive. Weaknesses identified concerned the difficulty of matching the level of instruction to searcher experience and the dramatic approach used in the audiotapes, which some respondents considered to be either unrealistic or unflattering to librarians. The training survey form is included. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ABI INFORM; Online Search Skills
Note: Paper presented at the Online '82 Conference (Atlanta, GA, November 2, 1982).