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Active Learning Activities for Online Information Literacy Tutorials

This guide contains a collection interactive learning activities than can be used within online information literacy tutorials. The activities are organized by ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

What's in this guide?

This guide is a collection of interactive learning activities that can be incorporated into online information literacy tutorials. In an effort to make it easier to find activities related to a specific topic or information literacy standard, the activities in this collection are organized around ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the performance indicators within each standard.

Writing Learning Objectives

Before you begin developing your tutorial, you should have clearly written learning objectives with measurable outcomes. Below is some information about constructing good learning objectives and an online objective builder!

Tutorial Design Considerations

Ideas for interactivity: 

  • Give periodic quizzes or review questions and provide feedback on the answer
  • Provide interactive scenarios that allow the learner to choose what to do and show the consequences of each choice
  • Do live or simulated searches of the library catalog or database
  • Use fill-in-the-blanks
  • Use mouse overs for more information or feedback
  • Use drag-and-drop exercises
  • Incorporate short videos
  • Use animations
  • Provide screen captures
  • Use hot-spots
  • Give immediate feedback to the student on an exercise
  • Use polling