ERIC Number: ED369391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Hands-On Instruction in an Electronic Classroom. A Final Report to the U.S. Dept. of Education of a Research and Development Grant Awarded To Establish a Fully-Equipped Electronic Training Room and Test the Effectiveness of Hands-On Instruction in Learning the NOTIS OPAC and Silver-Platter ERIC.
Wiggins, Marvin E.
This document is the final report to the U.S. Department of Education of a research and development grant awarded to establish a fully equipped electronic training room and test the effectiveness of hands-on instruction in learning the NOTIS OPAC (online public access catalog) and the Silver-Platter ERIC database on CD-ROM. The purpose of the study was: (1) to identify common errors and problems experienced by students using computer-based research tools; (2) to develop hands-on training modules for specific computer systems; (3) to create a computer-equipped training facility that can serve as a model for other institutions; and (4) to implement the training modules on an experimental basis, evaluate their effectiveness, and further refine them. The study was divided into a NOTIS study and an ERIC study. The NOTIS study found no measurable difference in learning between the hands-on group and the lecture/demonstration group. The ERIC group found that hands-on instruction was slightly more effective than a lecture/demonstration alternative and that student interest is enhanced when taught in an hands-on environment. (Contains 44 references.) (JLB)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Electronic Classrooms, Higher Education, Information Literacy, Information Services, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermode Differences, Library Instruction, Models, Online Catalogs, Online Searching, Optical Data Disks, Problems, Search Strategies, Training Methods, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Library.