Increasing MSW Students’ Information Competencies through Online Tutorials, Application Exercises, and Course Assignments
Increasing MSW students’ information competencies was achieved through a 2-year project in which online video tutorials, in-class exercises, and course assignments were created and integrated into two required foundation courses. Tutorials demonstrated basic and advanced search techniques, online databases, and online course-specific research guides. Tutorials were viewed during and outside of class. In-class exercises and course assignments enabled students to immediately apply what they had learned. Results indicate a significant increase in the adequacy of students’ search for online information and ability to critically examine sources and evidence. Implications for social work education are discussed.
John A. Kayser, Jennifer Bowers, Lin Jiang & Marian Bussey (2013) Increasing MSW Students’ Information Competencies through Online Tutorials, Application Exercises, and Course Assignments, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 33:4-5, 578-593, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2013.831391