"e" is for Education: Creating a High-Quality Online Academic Tutorial

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This presentation describes how a successful face-to-face workshop was adapted to meet the requirements and specifications of a high-quality online tutorial utilizing e-learning best practices. The workshop was initially designed as an hour-long class to teach in-coming graduate students how to employ the American Psychological Association (APA) citation format (Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 2001). Through a collaborative process the creator of the live workshop, a research librarian, and information technology specialists redesigned the workshop to take advantage of the online medium and better address the students’ need for timely information access. This online tutorial not only provides targeted point-of-need instruction to the academic community for which it was designed, but other universities, impressed with the caliber of the tutorial, are now linking to the tutorial. This tutorial is being used as a template for additional e-learning tools relevant to the academic community. The genesis and implementation as well as plans for the continued enhancement of the tutorial will be discussed.

Keywords: Online Tutorial, e-Learning, Online Learning
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Wendy K. Mages

Ed.D. Candidate, Human Development & Psychology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Wendy K. Mages is an advanced doctoral student in Human Development and Psychology. Her dissertation research focuses on the effect of drama and theatre on the language, cognitive, and imagination development of children enrolled in Head Start.

Deborah Garson

Head of Research and Instruction Services, Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Deborah S. Garson is Head of the Research and Instruction Services Department, Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has responsibility for the research and instruction services of the library and the Gutman Library Writing Services. She is a member of the HGSE Usable Knowledge team, serves on the Harvard University Library Committee for Public Services, and chairs the Learning Opportunities Advisory Group for the Harvard Libraries. Deborah holds a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MS in Information Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She has spent her career in academic libraries, which include MIT and George Washington University.

Kristin Loflblad

Manager of Instructional & Research Technology, Learning Technologies Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Kristin Lofblad is the Manager of Instructional and Research Technology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an EdM from Harvard University, an MFA from Emerson College, and a BA from Connecticut College.

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