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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.

 


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Saturday, April 22 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Best Practices for Tutorials in Academic Libraries

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In a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, libraries must find ways to harness these tools to stay relevant to the communities they serve. For example, Briggs Library offers onsite training as well as online tutorials to reach all types of users. However, these online tutorials, for various library tasks from how to find a book to advanced research techniques, tended to be static and passive in nature. Therefore the purpose of my literature review and research was to identify the best practices for online tutorials. This was achieved by locating academic sources that described how other university libraries created effective online tutorials. By using these institutions as a guide, I identified the learning strategies, audio, visual, and kinesthetic, present in online tutorials. After synthesizing my research, I realized that universities employed similar teaching strategies when creating their online tutorials including Universal Design for Learning (accommodates for multiple learning styles) and multimedia learning (tutorial includes audio, visual, and text). I came to the conclusion that effective online tutorials meet diverse student learning needs by using similar teaching strategies. Furthermore, the various universities made successful tutorials by catering to different learning styles present in their communities. They often evaluated tutorials by seeking direct feedback from users, for instance the preference of visual tutorials was found in certain communities. My recommendation to Briggs Library for creating effective and relevant tutorials was to survey the students’ learning preferences and consider applying multimedia teaching strategies.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Student Center, Oyate Hall 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267