Appendix 2a: Extracts from the eLibrary and Web short course module specification

The evidence in appendices 2a and 2b, demonstrate an awareness and application of planning, implementation and evaluation in the context of teaching and learning. The design principles are based on achieving clear objectives in a supportive and collaborative virtual learning environment. The course relies heavily on the principles of instructional design: separating out explanation and description of theory, from direct instructions for tasks.

The specification document was checked and signed off by my line-manager, eLearning Manager for the Online Masters, before the course was given the go ahead. It uses a template created and used by the Online Masters team. The main overview sections are below:

Module title: Using the eLibrary and the web effectively

Module description: This module will enable you to understand and use the University’s eLibrary resources and the internet in general. Some of the skills you will pick up here are appropriate for both. The amount of electronic resources available to you as a student is vast, both in the eLibrary and on the web in general. Being able to search and locate useful information online quickly is key to efficient researching. The module will introduce the different sources of information available online through practical tasks and sharing experience through group discussions. The activities will be contextualised by using resources that are particularly relevant to the Certificate year modules. This is a short course; the module will take 1-2 hours per week and will run for two weeks. Optional activities are also available for those who want to dig deeper.

Module objectives: This module aims to teach you:

  • What ‘the web’ is
  • What York‟s eLibrary facilities are and how to use them
  • How to choose keywords for searching
  • To provide a framework for evaluating web search results
  • To introduce social bookmarking as a tool in web search

Module outcomes: By the end of this module a student should be able to:

  • Find and use a range of online resources for use on the programme and in work
  • Select appropriate keywords to refine or expand a search
  • Use MetaLib and eBrary with confidence
  • Quickly evaluate search results for academic purpose
  • Manage information collected efficiently through bookmarking

List of units (example content):

  1. Searching the web (searching, refining searches, evaluating websites)
  2. MetaLib and eBrary (copyright, MetaLib, eBrary)
  3. Other online resources (Google Scholar, Wikipedia, bookmarking)

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