UTS Library

Case Studies

Some examples of how the library is delivering information literacy training utilising flipped and active learning principles.

PICO Assignment - Faculty of Health - 2nd year -  600 students

  • Learning outcome: finding articles about best evidence on a clinical question using library provided databases.
  • Librarian presents briefly at lecture with the subject coordinator.
  • Study Guide on Library website contains step by step instructions on searching databases, including videos to watch. Librarians develop the videos themselves using screencasting software. Videos are available in the Library's YouTube channel.
  • Students watch videos and practice searching themselves.
  • Sign up and attend drop-in sessions run by the Library.
  • A quiz can be used to help students decide if they need to attend a class.

Management Decisions and Control - Faculty of Business - Third Year - 300 students

  • Learning outcome: how to find journal articles using databases.
  • Flipping Learning: librarians created a 1 minute video that students were asked to watch before class.
  • Experiential Learning: students attended a hands-on workshop with librarians on hand to assist.
  • Outcome: quite successful, most students did the pre-work.

Integrated Product Design - DAB - First year - 90 students

  • Learning outcome: students can search for and locate books in the library and reference them using Harvard UTS.
  • Working in pairs, use the catalogue to find a book, then go and locate it on shelves.
  • Return to class with the book and reference it using Harvard UTS.
  • Use Google Drive shared document to write reference. Link provided on the Library website.
  • After exercise completed, librarian goes through the document on screen at front of class, giving feedback, answering questions.

Workshop for Practice Readiness - Faculty of Health - First year - 600 students "Treasure Hunt"

  • Learning outcome: students understand the basic use of library resources and services.
  • Students in groups of 100 are given a double sided sheet of questions as soon as they enter the Library. They're given 30- 40 minutes to complete in pairs, with minimal help from library staff.
  • The aim is to let them explore and find answers for themselves. This is followed up by a review session, where the group meets and discusses the answers with a librarian.
  • The afternoon session of this includes database training, run by the tutors of each group. Librarians train the tutors.