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Sample Instructional Tutorials

Ball State Tutorials (uses frames)
The English 104/114 tutorial (Part 1) has effective interactive section on identifying keywords and Boolean searching.

CLUE (Computerized Library User Education) Tutorial
The University of Wisconsin's Memorial Library uses a Flash plug-in (current download link supplied) to display this tutorial, which includes three main sections covering the difference between Internet and library-purchased sources, their library catalog, and their indexes. Throughout the tutorial, navigation buttons and an e-mail and help link (including a troubleshooting FAQ) guide the user. The tutorial uses a student to tell about her research "story".

CSU Libraries: The Data Game (uses Macromedia authorware)
The Data Game tests for the proper software and lets the user choose either a Sound or Text Only version. They have a "What Do I Do Here" orientation link in addition to an "Introduction" link. The tutorial has humorous and upbeat graphics. It uses male/female voices and animated characters to "get the message across." There is a timed CONTINUE button which encourages the easier to not leave the page (allow the EXIT button always appears!?). The Books section has a good example of discovery learning. (See the door No. 1, No. 2 No. 3 approach).

CSU Libraries: Tutorials (when connected, scroll down)
The CSU Libraries also offer shorter Flash Tutorials (applicable to any library) on boolean searching (basic and advanced), research steps, truncation, etc.

Flyers Tutorial (uses Macromedia authorware)
The tutorial features examples of discovery learning, like putting research steps in order. Requires "mouse click and drag" function, which voice-activated software will not accommodate.

Foundation Center's Online Orientation to the Grantseeking Process
This orientation includes a map of where the user is at in the tutorial so the learner always knows how much of the tutorial is left to complete.

Information Cycle
Penn State University Libraries' Flash-driven tutorial covers both publishers and consumers and is used as a supplement to a library instruction session.

This cite includes a basic tutorial about finding books, articles, etc., and another tutorial called InfoTrekk Plus for finding more specific information, including statistics and government documents.

Information Literacy & You
The Penn State University Libraries have developed modules for sequential or stand-alone use.

Information Literacy Tutorial/Five Colleges of Ohio
The lessons provided by an academic consortium in Ohio are very short/compact and they display overviews at the top of every section. See especially the section on the information cycle and the pop-up windows on magazines/journals/primary sources, etc.

Information Literacy Tutorial/Minnesota
This tutorial from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College includes sample library assignments and handouts. It also uses a variety of formats in their quiz questions/responses.

Information Literacy Tutorial/UW-Parkside
Since the tutorial is produced within WebCT, type guest in the username and password areas. Complete with 6 modules (each followed by a quiz), the tutorial simulates interaction between students and a librarian.

LILI: LEARN Information Literacy Initiative
This tutorial from South Australia tells the learner what he/she should be able to do after completing each section.

Library Research Tutorial
Notice the FLASH assessments after each module and the Site Map.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
This isn't a library-only site but it does have some library tutorials and learning objects, with annotations and peer reviews.

The Ohio State University Libraries host a whole slew of tutorials. Take your pick! The OSCAR Tutorial is very text-based but includes suggested activities and interactive quizzes, along with screen shots of the catalog.

Parade of Games in PowerPoint
This site sponsors PowerPoint game templates that can be used to reinforce learning and springboard discussion. The games include: Buzz Word Bingo, Correct Order, Diagram It, E-mail Game, Flash Cards, Idea Map, Jeopardy, Multiple Choice, Scavenger Hunt, What is the Truth?, Triples, Trivia, What Am I?, Word Jumble, Word Search, and Who Wants To Be A ...

Research 101
This tutorial has some great active learning exercises; it also includes includes Boolean flash graphics and a timeline of the information cycle. It visually demonstrates building a search strategy using "virtual" fridge magnets.

RDN Virtual Training Suite
Some ideas for design of tutorials include links baskets. Throughout the tutorials, the authors refer to a number of good WWW sites on their library page and outside of the library site. The student can click on the basket beside the links anytime during the tutorial, click on "Links Basket" in the orange sidebar and view their own personal bookmarks list. The student can then print out this personalized list, add it to their Internet Explorer bookmark list, etc. for future use.Quizzes for each section have an "Am I right?" button, a "Hint" button, and/or a "Further Information" button after the question. This guides the student to the right answer or to more detailed information if they really want it.Special navigation features include a note of how many pages are left to view in each section, a table of contents type of listing for each section that indicates with an arrow which section is currently being viewed. After each section is visited the link changes color.

TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial)
"TILT is an educational Web site designed to introduce first-year students to research sources and skills." The tutorial consists of an introduction and three nonlinear modules that can be completed in about 30 minutes. The University of Texas System Digital Library also provides information about the process of development, frequently asked questions, and customization options related to TILT.

Tutorial for Learning Expanded Academic
This is a frames-based tutorial with built-in interactivity.

University of Winnipeg's eManual Tutorials
These eManual tutorials were created using a program called ViewletBuilder from Qarbon. On the BI-listserv, Karen Hunt <> states: "You can download a free version [of ViewletBuilder], but if you're actually going to use it, you'll probably want to spring for a license to get rid of the advertising when you compile your viewlet. There's a bit of a learning curve, but after you've figured it out, it is pretty easy to make quick tutorials." The tutorials use screen shots with post-it note commentaries; you can add sound to the viewlets.

What All Libraries Have
Check out the library graphics used in this tutorial.

Wisconsin Online Resource Center
Instructors may check the Wisconsin Online Resource Center for creative examples of interactive learning objects (activity results can be e-mailed to any account).

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