Title

Designing LibGuides as Instructional Tools for Critical Thinking and Effective Online Learning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning

DOI

10.1080/1533290X.2014.944423

Abstract

Did you ever wish for an easy-to-maintain tool to create course-level or assignment-level instruction for online or distance students? LibGuides can provide the solution! LibGuides provide a versatile and easy-to-maintain platform for delivering step-by-step, scaffolded tutorials that enhance learning outcomes through chunking, reduced strain on cognitive load and working memory, and metacognition. Tutorial-type LibGuides, compared to Pathfinder-type guides: stand alone as modules for online learning; improve student learning outcomes for specific courses; and promote lifelong habits of critical thinking and effective research skills. Assignment-level guides also provide measurable student learning outcomes for the assessment of information literacy instruction.

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