JISC VLE Information literacy Search behaviour Literacy skills INHALE
University of Glasgow
STUBBINGS, R. and FRANKLIN, G. 2004. A critical analysis of the INFORMS project at Loughborough University. JeLit, 1(1), 31-41. Available: http://www.jelit.org/archive/00000022/01/JeLit_Paper_10.pdf
The paper presents a critical analysis of Loughborough University’s experience of INFORMS, a JISC funded project that builds on the earlier work of INHALE. Key aims of the project are:
· to enhance students information literacy skills by embedding electronic database tutorials via local Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) into the academic curriculum.
· to transfer the project tools originally created by Huddersfield to the learning environments at the partner sites of Loughborough and Oxford universities.
· to establish students’ searching behaviour and measure the level of literacy skills prior to using the tutorials and again afterwards.
A small team at Loughborough customised existing tutorials and developed new ones to support the subject areas of business, civil engineering and sport & exercise science. Student feedback was sought regarding tutorial content and the learning experience.