LETS 2.0: reinventing an online library tutorial as a teaching and learning resource

Presented at the CONUL Conference, July 2015, Athlone, Ireland by Jack Hyland,

“In 2008, the DCU Library Subject Team launched an online information literacy tutorial: LETS – The Library E-Tutorial for Students. It was designed to help individual new students with the challenges of using a university library and also to complement our face-to-face workshops. The tutorial consisted of four modules: Begin, Find, Evaluate and Cite and was mostly text-based, with a number of videos and Flash-based interactions.

In 2014, the Subject Team began a review of LETS, taking into account current online pedagogical best practice and recent improvements in e-learning technologies.

In summer 2015 we are launching a new, completely revised version of LETS. Among the innovations are:
● more multimedia content, created using e-learning tools including Camtasia and Articulate Storyline
● more interaction and more formative assessment
● hosting LETS on DCU’s VLE (Moodle), allowing us to use powerful analytical tools to see who is and isn’t using LETS, what sections students are using and their assessment marks
● creating a LETS digital badge – rewarding students who have completed the tutorial
● a summative online quiz, which DCU’s lecturers can easily integrate with their modules on Moodle
● supporting HTML5, so students can use LETS across a wider range of devices.

This lightning talk will address:
● the reasons for the LETS revisions
● our successes so far (integration with a number of DCU modules, hundreds of tutorial completions, very positive student feedback).
● Future development: building on our skills and experiences developed in revising LETS, we are planning new DCU Library e-learning projects supporting post-graduate and research students.”

Jack Hyland is the Business Librarian in Dublin City University.