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It’s a wrap: a real-life engineering case study as the focus of an online library tutorialAbstract A core engineering project provided an opportunity to develop a contextualised,interactive, online library tutorial for 3rd year students at the University of XXX. Thetutorial featured a case study of a furniture manufacturing company and fitted neatly into astructured four year programme of information literacy for engineering undergraduates. Itwas realised through a collaborative project of Engineering Subject Librarians with Faculty,Library Learning Services staff, and the Centre for Academic Development.Engineering Subject Librarians have been providing curriculum-integrated informationliteracy lectures and tutorials to 1st, 2nd and 4th year students since 2006. There areincremental changes in the content and complexity at each level to ensure a good fit withcourse content. In 2009, the Library was given the opportunity to contribute informationliteracy content to the compulsory 3rd year engineering management course EngGen303.The modular tutorial is designed around the main management themes of the course and theassociated information resources. The themes are ‘Is polystyrene bad’ (finding articles,official information, and statistics), ‘Best practice’ (company reports), ‘Cutting edgeresearch?’(patents), ‘Time to do testing’ (standards), ‘Time to change the packaging’ (books,projects, and audiovisual materials) and ‘Let’s celebrate our success’ (conference papers andnewspaper articles). The tutorial was delivered in the university learning managementsystem as part of the course content and is also available on the Library web site.Interactive activities were designed based on the learning styles of NetGen students andincluded quizzes, multiple-choice self-tests, drag-and-drop and mouse-over exercises andembedded live searches. The tutorial also featured ten videos, developed in-house, whichhave subsequently been used in other courses.Four evaluation methods were used to assess the success of the tutorial. Data was collectedby direct observation; from the online feedback form; deduced from the test results in thelearning management system; and from the questionnaire completed by students during alecture.Online and written evaluations showed that the tutorial was well received. 98% of thestudents who responded found the online tutorial was easy to use and navigate. They likedthe concept – online, self-paced and centred round a case study relevant to engineering.They appreciated the new resources the tutorial exposed them to, particularly patents andspecialized databases. The students indicated that they have developed transferable skillsthat would contribute to good learning outcomes in other courses.This paper will discuss the aims and development of the tutorial, outcomes, lessons learntand proposals for future improvements.
Hulse, P., & Han, D. D., & Melnichenko, E., & Brookes, S. (2011, June), It's a Wrap: A Real-Life Engineering Case Study as the Focus of an Online Library Tutorial Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18217
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