Working With Scholarly Sources: An information literacy unit learning assessment for first-year undergraduates at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College

Session Description
First-year college students are often tasked with library activities to develop information literacy skills as a requirement of their freshman English composition course. In the traditional environment of one-shot library classroom demonstrations and text-heavy online tutorials, these activities can be dry, unengaging and ineffective for students. This study aimed to improve learning outcomes and participant satisfaction with a new unit on scholarly communication topics that employed a blended learning environment using a flipped-classroom instructional strategy.

Eight student participants from two University of Hawaii campuses completed this study and were compensated for their time. Students were asked to view unit content via a self-paced, online learning management system before attending an optional face-to-face workshop session. Online content was organized into three modules using multimedia learning objects presented in a timeline format for easy navigation. A pretest, posttest, and exit survey were administered to assess learning and satisfaction. Most students showed improved posttest scores and expressed satisfaction with unit design and the use of multimedia content although none participated in the workshop session. A focus on use of multimedia objects within online tutorial design tied directly to active learning in the classroom is recommended to other academic libraries seeking to improve engagement and skills retention among their lower undergraduate students.

Brian Bays
Brian Bays, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI
Brian Bays is a master’s student in the Learning Design and Technology Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After earning a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University in 1999, he has worked for the past twenty years for academic and public libraries. He currently serves as Head of Collection Development at the Edwin H. Mookini Library, a joint-use facility serving the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. His interests have taken him from library acquisitions to library instruction where he works with undergraduate students to develop information literacy skills.
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