An E-Learning Tutorial for Vocational E-Literacy

Elliott, A and Hunn, R (2005) An E-Learning Tutorial for Vocational E-Literacy. JeLit 2(2).

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This paper reports the key elements of the initial phases of an e-learning project to develop a tailored e-literacy tutorial for vocational students of Cranfield University, studying both on and off campus. The research phase of the project comprised reviews of the existing literature and online information literacy tutorials and a benchmarking exercise. This aimed to establish current best practice and previous lessons learnt to avoid common problems and re-invention. The findings were subsequently used to guide the specification phase, which was used to inform the whole team of the project’s objectives. The specification phase produced a target audience description and identified the user acceptance risks and user requirements. The outputs of these are described in-depth in this paper. The key issues identified during the initial phases that will affect our design and development were: the need to understand the target audience; recognise what might stop someone using the tutorial; design to meet the users’ needs and identify a technical solution that fits.