What they said
This year the results from the feedback survey that was conducted at the end of every training session indicated that the training was successful, with a total of 95 percent of the students rating it as Good (64 percent) or Excellent (31 percent) as reflected in the chart.
Other highlights from this year’s survey were:
Over 99 percent of the students thought the trainer was well prepared given the effort expended in customizing the course.
Over 96 percent reckoned they would use the resources and skills introduced to them.
The introduction of new resources and new search skills and the usefulness of the training were appreciated as reflected by 95 percent of the students.
94 percent thought the training content was delivered effectively.
The bar chart illustrates graphically more rating details (5 for strongly agree and 1 for strongly disagree):
Reviewing the open-ended feedback, some commented:
I had a better understanding of using the research tools.
The session covers all information I want and need to know.
I can search much more effectively now.
To be able to use sources such as Safari. Knowing SMU has this database is really awesome.
Overall, students felt that the training programme enhanced their ability to conduct research. Informal feedback from the IS101 teaching team was that they saw an improvement in the quality in students’ research assignments and the sources used. Review, enhancements and modifications to the programme are done every year in collaboration with the IS101 teaching team and IITS to further increase its effectiveness.
IS101: What’s Next?
The Research Librarian, who is also the author of this article together with the IS101 teaching team, is designing a library curriculum for the students. The library curriculum will be defined in Learning Outcomes Measures (LOMS) for School of Information Systems (more information available here
). The Research Librarian has identified niche outcomes such as search skills as areas where she can add value by offering programs to equip the students with the necessary skills. This will be offered in 2012.
Contributed by: Ms Wei Xia, Research Librarian, Information Systems, Li Ka Shing Library.
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