Chalon P, Pasleau F.
2003. A Web-based interactive training for the self acquisition of information retrieval skills targeting the PBL students. Medizin - Bibliothek - Information. 3(1):23-27.
OBJECTIVE: To provide the medical students involved in Problem-Based
Learning (PBL) with a remotely accessible training tool for the self
acquisition of information retrieval skills.
CONTENT: Access to the
training tool is made trough a portal Web site. The tool is initiated
with a clinical case. A selection of relevant electronic resources such
as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, textbooks, and bibliographical
databases is proposed. Each resource comes with search examples achieved
by librarians concerning the subject of the clinical case. Each step of
the strategy is described, commented and illustrated with a screen copy
of the original resource. To reinforce the realism, users are invited
to click on the appropriate areas of the screen copy to progress in the
search. A catalogue is created with the documents retrieved from the
different resources. The catalogue is searchable independently and
provides links to full-text when available. The technical support for
the training tool consists of a set of related databases (FileMaker Pro,
FileMaker Inc., USA). Data concerning the clinical case, including
medical imaging, is contained in a first database. Description of – and
links to resources are collected in a second database as well as basic
user instructions. For every search example in a specific resource, a
database is created from a template, containing all the searched terms
and screen copies necessary to provide an interactive demonstration. The
catalogue of documents constitutes the last database. The prototype
must now be presented to teachers and students and evaluated for
quality, performance and user-friendliness. Results will help us to
improve the design and content of the training tool.