A VLE based Library Induction session for distance learning students

Lydia Matheson & Caroline Long

Each year the Library participates in the University’s Welcome Week Induction programme and hopes to see as many new undergraduate and postgraduate students as possible for a ‘Library Matters’ session.  As part of the programme the Library offers new students a very practical face-to-face introduction to using the Library and the facilities we offer.  However, there are many groups of students who do not fit into the traditional induction timetable (including distance learners) and some students who do not attend.  This project is providing online induction resources to be used all year round to include:

  • online tutorials/screen capture to demonstrate access to key resources with specific focus on off-campus access issues
  • using Adobe Captivate to provide guidance on developing research skills
  • using Adobe Presenter to provide a Welcome talk and information about Information Specialist support
  • short video clips – to include demonstrations of self-service facilities in the library

There will be a feedback and evaluation mechanism via Blackboard to evaluate students’ use of these online resources.