The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the draft report "An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Searchpath Tutorial: A Qualitative Study".
We discussed our observations, the audience, conclusions, learning experiences, including the strengths and limitations of the study. We all agreed that the experience of conducting a human subject study was very interesting. We felt that this was a very good learning exercise, and we thanked Patricia Libutti, the primary investigator who worked tirelessly on this project. Learning how students search for information is very useful in helping us create teaching tools. But, we realize that this is only the starting point. It was difficult to draw definitive conclusions on the effectiveness of the Searchpath tutorial. Rather, we may have learned more about the general effectiveness of information literacy and certainly did learn about how students really search for information.
We asked ourselves if we wanted to conduct this study again? Do we want to design another study? How do we want to do it differently? Do we need to change our approach? When conducting future studies, perhaps we should include students on our design team.
We realized that we still had some pieces missing. Eileen Stec volunteered to input the section about the Human Subject Review. In order to facilitate further discussion of what we learned from the observation of students' information retrieval techniques and strategies, Theo will obtain the debriefing observer and interviewer sheets and all other information in print form from Patricia and Bobbie. She will accordingly assign work to committee members.
The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 8 at 1:30 pm (recorder Eileen Stec). Meetings for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Oct 6, Nov 3., Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 2. Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, and Jun 1. All meetings will be held at TAS on the Busch Campus from 9:30 am to noon.