LibGuides and Web-Based library guides in comparison: Is there a pedagogical advantage?
Aaron Bowen (2014) LibGuides and Web-Based Library Guides in Comparison: Is There a Pedagogical Advantage?, Journal of Web Librarianship, 8:2, 147-171, DOI: 10.1080/19322909.2014.903709
This study investigates whether the platform used to deliver a tutorial matters in online information literacy instruction and assesses the overall quality of an information literacy tutorial assignment given to an undergraduate survey class. The study asks whether there is any pedagogical advantage between information literacy tutorials created in the LibGuides library guide creation software and tutorials created as Web pages. This research question is relevant to current studies of online information literacy tutorials, particularly given the increasingly dominant but under-researched position of LibGuides in the academic library world for delivering guides and tutorials. Two separate groups of students completed LibGuides and Web page versions of the same information literacy tutorial assignment in a university undergraduate communication course. Survey results of these 89 students indicated that both the LibGuides and Web page platforms deliver online instruction content effectively and achieve learning objectives almost equally well. Results also indicated content areas within the assignment that could be strengthened.
This is an author's original manuscript of an article submitted to the Journal of Web Librarianship. Published in Journal of Web Librarianship, 8:2, 147-171, DOI: 10.1080/19322909.2014.903709