One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Effectiveness and Subjective Evaluations of Adaptable Information Literacy Instruction
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- Mayer AK., Peter J., Leichner N., Krampen G. (2015) One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Effectiveness and Subjective Evaluations of Adaptable Information Literacy Instruction. In: Kurbanoglu S., Boustany J., Špiranec S., Grassian E., Mizrachi D., Roy L. (eds) Information Literacy: Moving Toward Sustainability. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 552. Springer, Cham
The paper examines whether effects of an adaptable information literacy instruction program are associated with (a) adherence to the recommendations of online learning contents derived from a test of prior knowledge and (b) subjective evaluations of the program. An adaptable blended learning training for German psychology students was evaluated in a study with a pretest-posttest design. N = 64 advanced students completed two tests of scholarly information literacy, an information literacy self-efficacy scale, and an evaluation questionnaire. Participants who worked on more online materials than recommended based on their pretest performance did not differ in their gain scores from participants who exactly followed the recommendations. However, both groups outperformed participants who omitted recommended materials. According to subjective evaluations, the latter participants constitute a “risk group” with low subjective acceptance of online teaching which might need additional support during online learning or alternative forms of instruction.