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ERIC Number: EJ860328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
Captivating Open University Students with Online Literature Search Tutorials Created Using Screen Capture Software
Wales, Tim; Robertson, Penny
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v42 n4 p365-381 2008
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to share the experiences and challenges faced by the Open University Library (OUL) in using screen capture software to develop online literature search tutorials. Design/methodology/approach: A summary of information literacy support at the OUL is provided as background information to explain the decision to experiment with screen capture software with particular subjects. A detailed consideration of the design, development and implementation stages of a literature search tutorial in information and communication technology is given before a critical appraisal of the problems encountered. Findings: The paper highlights the challenges in writing and designing self-guided online learning materials in a subject context. It considers the strengths and weaknesses of the particular screen capture software used, especially with regard to accessibility. Practical implications: The paper is of interest not only to other academic libraries, but also any organisation seeking to publish online help or learning materials for different audiences. Originality/value: This paper is the first to document the use of screen capture software for information literacy purposes in a UK academic library and distance-learning context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom