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SpringyCamp Summer 2019

You Shall Pass: Designing Engaging, Student-Centered LibWizard Tutorials

Learn how one librarian designed and pitched a course-integrated tutorial for a fully online undergraduate nursing course to introduce evidence-based practice. Tessa will discuss her process of integrating open education resources, animated videos, infographics, and hands on searching to engage students in a discipline-specific research process. By requiring the correct answer to continue through a standalone tutorial with strategic questions and feedback, students learn through trial and error. She'll also suggest some best practices for styling your tutorial, getting student feedback, collaborating with course instructors, and managing bumps along the road.

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Tessa Withorn is the online learning librarian and liaison for health sciences and nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington (2017) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville (2015). Her current research interests include usability of online learning objects and critical information literacy.


CSU Dominguez Hills

Library Type: Academic Library

Demographic Served: CSUDH primarily serves the South Bay of Los Angeles with a large population of first-generation college students, many of which commute to campus and/or work full-time. The average age of our students is 26.  DH is also ethnically diverse with population of 60% identifying as Hispanic/Latino, 14.5% as Black/African American, 10.9% as White, and 19.8% as Asian. Most courses are offered in person, but some courses and programs are offered fully online programs.

Population Size: California State University Dominguez Hills is a masters comprehensive public university in Carson, CA and is one of twenty three campuses in the CSU system with an undergraduate FTE 10,043; and a graduate FTE 1,193.

Library Staff Size: The Reference, Instruction, and Outreach department has a staff of 10 full-time faculty librarians.