Designing for users: Online informaiton literacy in the Middle East

Martin, Janet, Birks, Jane and Hunt, Fiona (2010) Designing for users: Online informaiton literacy in the Middle East. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 10 1: 57-73. doi:10.1353/pla.0.0086

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Author Martin, Janet
Birks, Jane
Hunt, Fiona
Title Designing for users: Online informaiton literacy in the Middle East
Journal name Portal: Libraries and the Academy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1531-2542
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/pla.0.0086
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 73
Total pages 17
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Librarians from Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) report on an empirical evaluation of the relevance and value of Infoasis ( /infoasis), a Webbased information literacy tutorial developed and tailored to the Arab student population of the Emirates. After the successful implementation of this project, questions arose about the value of maintaining Infoasis, given the time intensive nature of this activity. Was the tutorial relevant and useful to students? Was it being used by students, and what factors contributed to the engagement (or not) of students with the tutorial? Survey results concluded that students found the tutorial both relevant and useful to their studies and that the design features tailored to the needs of the undergraduate Arab population were effective in ensuring usability. Reasons for poor usage of Infoasis outside the classroom are discussed.
Keyword Information literacy
Web-based instruction
United Arab Emirates
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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