Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Objective – To conduct a systematic review of several studies comparing the efficacy of face‐to‐face versus computer‐assisted instruction (CAI) for teaching basic library skills to patrons of academic libraries.
Design – Systematic review of existing studies (randomised controlled trials and controlled trials).
Setting ‐ College and university libraries
Subjects – The subjects studied were patrons of any type of academic library, whether university, college, or other post‐ secondary institution, receiving instruction in basic library skills. Ten studies were included in the review, of which seven were done in the United States, two in Australia, and one in Canada. The total number of subjects in all of the studies under review was 1283. Nine of the studies focused on undergraduates enrolled in specific courses (undergraduate courses ranging widely in subject area, or in one case a first year experience program); the other study focused on library instruction methods taught to students in a graduate research methods course, yet the study was still intended to measure the efficacy of library instruction methods, yet the study was still intended to measure the efficacy of library instruction methods.
Walker, Stephanie, "Computer Assisted Library Instruction and Face to Face Library Instruction Prove Equally Effective for Teaching Basic Library Skills in Academic Libraries" (2008). Librarian Publications. 10.
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