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This paper proposes a new model for developing information access skills in an academic environment. In order to meet the increasing demand for "research competence" among students and faculty, it is necessary to move beyond traditional lecture formats and develop interactive multimedia instructional units which exploit ongoing advances in digital imaging, video and sound technologies. Such advances not only make instructional units more compelling, but when developed in an interactive programming environment, allow learners to practice realistic simulations of Internet navigation and database search techniques. The proposed model includes procedures for involving "in-house" artistic talent and user input into the development process, and ways of integrating both analog video and digitally-based interactive multimedia units into the overall university curriculum. The model allows for both the automatic tracking and reporting of student progress and for user input into model design. The second part of the paper shows how the model is being implemented in an actual university setting. The conclusion summarizes the theoretical and practical issues raised and proposes modifications to improve the model. (Author)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Information Skills, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Internet, Learner Controlled Instruction, Models, Multimedia Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Online Searching, Program Implementation, Search Strategies, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Universities

Author: Kenny, Dallas


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