Presentation Title

Transforming the Tutorial: Teaching Academic Integrity Online

Location

Lobby

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

A goal of the instruction team at Auburn University Libraries for the 2013/2014 academic year was to enhance students’ learning opportunities in the areas of plagiarism and academic integrity. A team including a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Assistant Director of the Office of University Writing, and the Auburn University Libraries Web Designer collaborated to create an online tutorial. Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, the team evaluated dozens of tutorials to ensure that the content being created offered new challenges not seen in an average online tutorial. After establishing the benchmark, the team determined that a clean user interface with a clear focus on content would offer a more effective user experience. Instead of a quiz to test users’ comprehension, a series of practice questions were created to enhance student learning rather than evaluate how well they can regurgitate knowledge.

The team assessed student engagement with the tutorial, as well as capability for the tutorial to function on multiple platforms. This tutorial structure will be utilized in a series of interlinked tutorials on integrating sources effectively, correct use of citations, and issues of information literacy. Continued assessment will focus on the development of students’ ability to think critically about writing and research.

The poster will include a visual explanation of the construction of a clean user interface, plans for future tutorials, as well as screenshots and survey results of assessment to illustrate how collaboration among University departments transformed a typical tutorial structure into a comprehensive learning tool.

Presentation Description

A team including a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Assistant Director of the Office of University Writing, and the Auburn University Libraries Web Designer collaborated to create an online tutorial. Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, the team evaluated dozens of tutorials to ensure that the content being created offered new challenges not seen in an average online tutorial. After establishing the benchmark, the team determined that a clean user interface with a clear focus on content would offer a more effective user experience. This poster includes a visual explanation of the tutorial's construction, results of assessment, and the role of inter-departmental collaboration.

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Oct 10th, 1:30 PM Oct 10th, 5:00 PM

Transforming the Tutorial: Teaching Academic Integrity Online

Lobby

A goal of the instruction team at Auburn University Libraries for the 2013/2014 academic year was to enhance students’ learning opportunities in the areas of plagiarism and academic integrity. A team including a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Assistant Director of the Office of University Writing, and the Auburn University Libraries Web Designer collaborated to create an online tutorial. Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, the team evaluated dozens of tutorials to ensure that the content being created offered new challenges not seen in an average online tutorial. After establishing the benchmark, the team determined that a clean user interface with a clear focus on content would offer a more effective user experience. Instead of a quiz to test users’ comprehension, a series of practice questions were created to enhance student learning rather than evaluate how well they can regurgitate knowledge.

The team assessed student engagement with the tutorial, as well as capability for the tutorial to function on multiple platforms. This tutorial structure will be utilized in a series of interlinked tutorials on integrating sources effectively, correct use of citations, and issues of information literacy. Continued assessment will focus on the development of students’ ability to think critically about writing and research.

The poster will include a visual explanation of the construction of a clean user interface, plans for future tutorials, as well as screenshots and survey results of assessment to illustrate how collaboration among University departments transformed a typical tutorial structure into a comprehensive learning tool.