A Case Study on Three Tutorial Creating Softwares: Building a Bridge Between On Campus Instruction and Off Campus Users
Submitted by: Amy Blevins, MALS, Education and Instructional Technology Librarian (252) 744-2229 and C.W. Elton, MS, Education Technology Consultant (252) 744-3614
Question: Our purpose was to determine the best practices for creating and delivering online database instruction tutorials for optimal information accessibility to our Division of Health Sciences students learning to use library resources.
The survey was sent to 24 people and they were asked to pass it on. 23 responses were received (14 faculty/staff, 2 undergraduates, and 7 graduate students). To determine the usability of the tutorials, four questions were asked.
33.3% video, 57.1% mouse movements, 28.6% instructor presence, 28.6% Audio instruction only, 28.6% Interaction (having to click to advance in tutorial)
Users offered several comments to this question. Their exact comments follow:
* Based on results of a survey of students, faculty and staff of East Carolina University (primarily from the School of Allied Health Sciences and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library).
* Cost based on users with Microsoft Office. The cost for a single user license of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 is $499.95 according to Microsoft.com. In addition, the cost listed for PowerPoint is the cost for a single user license of SnagIt®, an image capturing software. Costs are valid as of October 1, 2007.
* Time determined by the librarian creating the tutorials and the Education Technology Consultant who prepared Camtasia and Mediasite files for use on the Internet. Both are highly experienced users of the above mentioned software.
* Time determined by opening tutorials on a computer connected to a 56K modem. Mediasite files would not open during testing.