Using a WebCT to Develop a Research Skills Module

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Association of College and Research Libraries
At the start of every academic year, the University of Calgary Library welcomes 1,000 first-year biology students to basic library research skills sessions. These sessions are traditionally taught in lecture format with a PowerPoint presentation and students following along on computers. As part of a pilot project in the Fall of 2002, 200 first-year biology students received the session via WebCT. WebCT is the web-based course management system utilized by the University of Calgary1; it delivers course content in addition to assignment submission functions, self-tests and tracking of student activity. This paper outlines the process and experience of creating and administering the sessions through WebCT and summarizes student feedback and lessons learned.
Library & Information Science
Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship. 37