Rethinking Research Skills: Using Online Modules in Level I History

Session Format Presentation
Author(s) Pamela Swett Dept. of History, Olga Perkovic McMaster University Library, Katrina Espanol-Miller Humanities Media and Computing
Session Abstract

An e-learning module and online quiz, created using Articulate Storyline and Avenue to Learn, were recently developed as a pilot project to introduce first year students to basic library research skills. In the past, these skills were taught to second year students in a face-to-face inquiry course, History 2HI3 Historical Inquiry. Implementing an online module for first year students allowed us to introduce these skills earlier in the program so that advanced research skills could be developed at the second year level.

In this session, we will present on the collaborative efforts by faculty members, a librarian and a media specialist to develop the online module and quiz. The presentation will highlight the impetus for this transition, discuss how consensus in content and delivery methods was reached among the collaborators, and describe the design and development process of the e-learning module and quiz. Preliminary survey results of students' experiences with the new module will guide future enhancement.

Learn about the development of this initiative led by the Dept. of History in collaboration with McMaster University Library and Humanities Media and Computing.

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