Thursday, October 20
11:15-11:45 AM

Student-Centered Library Instruction: An Assessment of Online Graduate Students’ Information Literacy Skills and Needs

Full Paper ID: 34381
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    Swapna Kumar
    University of Florida, Gainesville
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    Marilyn Ochoa
    University of Florida, Gainesville

Abstract: With the increasing number of online programs offered by institutions of higher education, it is important to find ways to provide information literacy instruction to support off-campus students and to help them succeed in such programs. With the aim of designing instruction appropriate to the needs and existing skills of online graduate students in an Ed.D. program, a needs assessment of their information literacy skills was conducted before they began the online program. The results were used to design library instruction intended to fill the gaps in graduate students’ information literacy skills and research abilities. Asynchronous and synchronous instruction was provided to address students’ preferred learning methods.

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