Looked at Module 4:
What I like about this tutorial: The fact that there are screenshots of parts of a paper that we link together, but do not normally see together.
I like how the assessment is sprinkled through out the tutorial. 20 questions, but in small chunks as they relate to the content. There is a particularly good example of assessment in Module 4 (pages 8 and 9).
What I find not as helpful. In Module 4 (page 2):
The video tutorial in the beginning makes it seem like students can just plunk in citation info after the fact (after the paper is written), instead of citing as they write. I saw this happen too often in a writing center and sometimes students couldn’t figure out what source they found the information from so they just attempted to put anything in there just to “cite” something. I had to gently remind students that the citations not only just had to be there, but also had to be accurate.
In Module 4 (page 5):
Summarize and paraphrase to me are too similar to distinguish a different between the two. The minute difference is going to confuse students.
UNC Greensboro PATH
I really like in Module 10 the sub-module “Citing Your Sources Tutorial” because it explains the philosophy behind each of the styles.
I also like how you don’t have to watch the videos, but you can get the video script if you just prefer to glance at the info in the video.
In Module 3 the sub-module “Evaluating Info Need” I thought the explanation of each of the sources was useful when I go to create my modules.
I also liked the anatomy of an article tutorial: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/scholarly-articles/
Fun virtual and real mix
I don’t like that you can’t pause or skip.
MLA Tutorial – CUNY Hunter
Under the “Citation and Quotations” section I found the “Importance” and “Usage” subsections to have decent content and great tone (sans the accusatory whatnot in orange and caps).
SMART Tutorial – Brigham Young University
Videos are really interesting to watch – both visuals and content are stimulating.
UCLA – Bruin Success with Less Stress
This is one of the ONLY tutorials about copyright, ethics and fair use. It is overall very well done. I might add short 30-45 second videos to change up some of the text content.
I am finding quite a few tutorials which have real life plagiarism cases to illustrate the idea. I am not really sure how effective this is or if the approach would work for Brown. It is definitely better than the accusatory tone some guides take on.
TIP: Tutorial for Info Power – University of Wyoming
I like how they distill the information about copyright and fair use down into small, manageable pieces.
InfoSkills – University of Newcastle Australia
Gives exact figures of fair use.